Go ahead and celebrate the child. Don’t be shy about it.
I did a client shoot recently for this family. They wanted some portraits of their little girl and also some with the family as their grandparents were in from India and leaving soon. I only got to spend a little time with her before the typical chaos of a photo shoot ensued (you know – is this shirt okay? Is his hair okay? Should we change?). When other people come into the room, the dynamic changes and it is no longer the subject and I and our own private connection.
You see, for me to have a true, pure connection with an individual, sometimes it has to just be the two of us. We immediately size each other up and they decide whether or not to trust me – or whether or not they can be themselves in my presence. I’m pretty good with children, probably because we operate on similar maturity levels. And they usually take to me instantly (again, the maturity factor). So I have to insist and make it a policy always, that I must have some one-on-one time with your child if I am to capture strong images. This way, we can get stuff like this. Otherwise all we get is that junky posed artificial stuff and the emotion and personality goes right out the window.
I got sidetracked with my lecture on parental interference with good shots. My point in wanting to share these images with you is to share how deeply moved I was by the celebration of this beautiful little girl. Just love all around for her. Her Mom and Dad – and then her Auntie – and her Grandma and Grandpa. The family and I spent several hours together laughing and taking photos but never forgetting that this little princess was a gift to be cherished and celebrated. Everything would stop if she was upset, or if she was happy. And not in an overbearing or spoiled way. Just in a sweet and loving way. They were not shy about their love for her.
She is surrounded by love and it’s clear that the sky is the limit for my new little friend. Great to meet you…