Where to begin… hmm. This is a HUGE share in terms of images and honesty.
I’m a HORRIBLE writer and I know it, this is why photography resonates with me. I have the power to tell a story with my images, and yes that’s powerful to me.
A year ago today, I was just starting out in the photography world. Many photographers like myself, begin their journey without knowing exactly where they’re going in terms of style, type of clientele, and specialization. Alas, I know… I know what makes my heart sing!!!
I started off my career as a teacher. I looooved teaching, really, I did. If you ask anyone in my family, they’ll tell you that I have been attached to babies and younger children since I could pick up a baby doll. I adore everything about them; their honesty, chubbiness, compassion, naivety, creativity, their wonder, and on and on. It’s a thrill to talk with them and hear them laugh. There has never been any doubt that I will always want a career that allows me to connect with children.
As I started my photography business last year, I knew I’d try to focus on children and families, but one thing that I’ve struggled with for the entire year is how I should photograph them. I knew all along that studio work wasn’t exciting to me, but I couldn’t really tell you why. The past several months, I have gone over almost all of my sessions looking for similarities between the sessions I LOVED and the sessions I didn’t.
And what did I discover?
I like simple.
I like life and I think it’s beautiful as is.
I like using ‘props’ that are meaningful to the family or that help tell their story.
I like to simply sing songs and play games with the kids while capturing their smiles.
I like connecting with my clients and getting to know them.
I like using the client’s blankets, hats, etc. because it’s special to them, not me.
And I LOVE THIS SESSION! The session below is my latest and greatest, and I’m proud. Why? Because it’s me; natural, simple, and emotional.
To me, this is all things beautiful. And this “stuff” is what I’d want to remember.
To 2012, a year of enlightenment and fulfillment!