As a parent and photographer, I've long been an advocate of photographing your kids and doing so often. I've been capturing moments and making portraits of mine since the day they were born. It's awesome to look back and see how they've changed, to remember the funny things they used to do and what they were like during a certain time.
Over the last few years, I've noticed some things about the way I photograph my kids:
I tend to keep the background simple... Cut the clutter out and make it about the child. Unless it lends itself to the story, too much in the frame gets distracting.
I try to keep it uncluttered and in context... I see many kids portraits today, that are just unnecessarily busy. Kids holding props, toys, etc that aren't even theirs or have anything to do with them and what they like. For real, why are there kids leaning on a vintage birdcage!? What does that have to do with the child? Unless they have a real love for birds, it doesn't and it needs to go. Why does any child need to be wearing butterfly wings, unless it's Halloween!? Any props included should mean something, such as a favorite toy,etc. Since when is the child not interesting enough or cute enough on their own? Sorry, no laser beam backgrounds here either...
I try to let them be. If you really want to capture what your kids are like, let them do something they like. Let them play. Not every photo of your child needs to have them looking at the camera. Rather, let them focus on what they're doing and you'll start to see their character come out. My son would get so intense and excited while playing with toy cars as they rolled back and forth that his face would light up. Real, genuine excitement. Don't get me wrong, I have many photos where my kids are looking right at me, but some of my favorite images are when they are engaged in something or are looking elsewhere. Let them be messy! They have years to be prim and proper. Take them to the park and see what they do or make photos of them at their favorite place. It's good to give direction from time to time, but go with the flow for more natural portraits.
Now that you know how a bit about how I approach photos of my own children, I want to make portraits of your kids! That's right, if you missed the title, I'm now offering kids and family portrait sessions as part of my portrait services! I'm really excited to be branching out into this new avenue and to see where it goes.
My aim is to do things a little differently, to photograph you and your family in a way that means something to you. Is your son really into skateboarding!? Let's shoot his portrait at a skateboard park, where his character and interest can come out. Have a favorite park or hiking trail? Let's go there. Perhaps your home is a fortress of solitude, where you feel rested and peaceful... Awesome! In home portraits are convenient and fun. Not to worry, I can also shoot your portraits on simple, clean backdrops of different colors, should that be the style you're after. Let's create portraits that show who you really are.
For those of you who've stuck with me so far... I'd like to offer a HALF PRICE session fee for the first 4 families to book with me. If you're looking for simple, clean portraits of your family or children, check out my Family/Kids Portrait Price Listing and book your session today.
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