Remember Sears portraits? A little room behind a door. Inside there’s a back drop. Camera on a tripod. Have a seat on the stool, please. Chin up, back straight, left hand on your right knee. Good. Fingers together. Bend your elbows at 90 degrees. Yes. Tilt you chin up a little more. Little more. There. Smile. More smiling. OK good. Hold that. Click.
We’ve had clients tell us that they were “traumatized” by these experiences. That might be a strong word, but I certainly empathize with it. Most people we’ve photographed have told us that they feel uneasy in front of the camera (we do too!) and a lot of what we do with our photography business is aimed at letting people feel more at ease during the shoot.
Something we’ve been doing lately with family and/or child photo sessions is pretty different. We pick a location (in this case, Halifax’s Public Gardens) and sort of hang out with our cameras. We take as long as it takes. We play, we suggest locations, we might have a coffee, and we shoot.
Our goal for this photo session was to deliver about 80 images, but we ended up delivering a lot more than that (couldn’t help it). Sadie (the ADORABLE child here) had too much t0 offer the camera….
This is the best way we’ve found to photograph people in a way that catches them most authentically.