In the photography classes and lectures that I often listen to, they always talking about finding your niche or your passion. When I first started shooting professionally about two years ago (wow...has it really been that long already?), I wasn't quite sure what that would be. But at this point I absolutely know that my passion is families, particularly those with young children and toddlers. I do enjoy shooting other types of sessions, like seniors and newborns for example, but here is where I really feel like I belong.
I think the biggest thing I love about these sessions is the playing. Once kids realize that they don't have to be so serious and that I really don't need them to stand on an X and flash me a fake smile, they really let loose and have fun. I love the unpredictability of a two year old, and capturing their unique personalities as they explore their world.
When "posing" clients for photographs, I prefer terms like "tickle each other", "race with your sisters" and "play ring around the roses" to telling a client exactly where to stand and how to hold their head. My favorite clients are those who stop telling their kid to "behave" and look at the camera because who needs that? I remember one client once who "warned me" ahead of time that they were a crazy beautiful mess. I loved that because that's what I prefer anyway.
Christy always does such an amazing job at choosing clothing for her family sessions that they never ever look like a mess. But they for sure have the crazy and the beautiful down to an art.
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