01 Apr Young Families
Working with young kids and families is new to me. I tried a couple of years ago and realized that it was really hard to make everyone stand still, look at me and smile. I did a couple of sessions with little ones and left feeling like there had to be a better way than making them stand in a line and pose.
I grew to love working with high school seniors and doing individual portraits (which I still do). Then I saw the work of Sarah Cornish. She has 7 kids and owns My Four Hens Photography in Colorado. Her work with families took my breath away and I knew I had to try again.
I decided that I would try a lifestyle-based approach where the family’s time with me & the camera is all about interacting, playing, and focusing on each other. This isn’t new at all, many people are documenting moments instead of arranging posed photos, and I can see why. It gives everyone so much more room to be themselves and that is where the magic happens.
I’m constantly working on trying to improve and capture families exactly as they are at this moment in time. It’s important to me to arrive early so I can sit for a few minutes and clear my mind so I can be ready. I’ve always been a perceptive person (anyone else an INFP?) so within the first few minutes of meeting young kids I can usually get an idea of what their personalities are like and for the next hour or so observe and capture the glimpses that show who they are. Looking back, it’s fascinating to me that the personality traits I saw in my 2 boys when they were little are reflected in the young adults they have become.
Here’s what I saw in the kids in this incredible family: Oldest: quiet, strong, and observant, watches and notices everything. Takes care of his sisters. So much soul behind those eyes. Middle: Bright and energetic, a leader. Youngest: Oh my goodness, the cuteness. Easy going, funloving. And the parents were so patient, loving and laid back with all of them.
I’m hooked. I can’t wait to do more of this type of art. I want to let parents know, if your child is shy and doesn’t want to smile, it’s ok! If they want to run around and do cartwheels, good! If they want to climb in your lap and cuddle then that’s what they should do. These are your unique moments.