A bit about me and why I love photographing children
- There was a time when we had no choice but to print our photographs because there was no other way to view them. Fast forward to today where we print less (or not at all) and keep our photographs on computers, tablets, phones, or worse, hard drives that are tucked away and the photographs on them virtually forgotten. Or worse – the device the images are on stops working and all those photographs are lost forever.
I firmly believe that there is so much to be gained by printing your photographs. There are studies that show the positive impact that having family photographs and individual portraits displayed in the home has on the children’s self-esteem. I don’t need a study to tell me that, however, as I know this from personal experience.
I fully understand how important photographs are when we’re young because I was fortunate enough to have a dad who is a photographer and had his own studio when I was younger. He took a photograph of me in a Mickey Mouse t-shirt at age 4 and made a huge enlargement of it. My expression in the photo was priceless! I loved seeing that photo of myself on the wall and seeing how much everyone who visited loved it too and they would talk to me about it and it made me feel really special. Even more so because I am an adopted child and dealing with it was very challenging for me.
I still have many albums full of photographs of me growing up and the sense of love and belonging that they create is priceless. I want every child to feel that and to know just how important they are and how much they matter.
- This is why I decided to follow my heart and start my own child portrait photography business. It gives me so much joy to see children light up in front of my lens. Not literally! Just figuratively – to see their joy and confidence emerge through our interaction is wonderful!
I take my time during each session. My goal is to get to know the child/children I’m photographing one-on-one. This is important to me for two reasons:
1) it means that the photographs I create are authentic and natural as opposed to forced with unnatural, fake expressions, and, more importantly
2) that the child/children I’m interacting with have a very enriching, confidence-building, esteem-boosting experience.
The second part is especially important to me. I want every child I photograph to have the most positive feelings associated to the photographs because they remember the experience they had when they see the images.
This is why sessions can last from 2 to 4 hours depending on the child and how long it takes them to feel comfortable in front of the camera. I do not believe that the session should be a rushed, stressful experience for the child/children I’m photographing. This time also allows for some playing, outfit changes and short breaks.
And for the record, I love my dog, bunny rabbits and long walks on the beach 🙂