Photographing my own children would have to be one of my hardest gigs. I've had to learn to let go of things like perfection, attentiveness and things like....clothing... My kids quite simply, do not like clothes. Or shoes. Not unless it sparkles, has flashing lights or resembles a rainbow. There really isn't a middle ground.
What I do love about photographing my own children, is that it has lead me to the style and approach to all my other photography as well. Being initially forced, to let go of the little things, has shown me that things like, perfection, are completely overrated. What matters most, is the moment, the feeling, whatever that might be at the time.
Today I photographed my kids doing various kid type stuff. It's easy to get a little cranky when kids do things like, splash too much in the bath, soaking the entire room, and you! Or when you find them jumping on your bed! You know, those little things...that kids do... for fun... I'm sure most of us did those things too as a kid. We probably even got told off a couple times for doing them. Or, maybe we got away with them and Mum and Dad never found out about that broken bed slat from slightly too energetic bed trampolining... Oopsy. But they really are such defining kid type moments, aren't they?. Splashing, jumping, laughing...
So today, I gave them a break and just captured all these seemingly small moments. I guess that's the thing isn't it... These moments aren't small to them, it's how they fill their day, it's how they learn, play and how they have fun! I don't want to be the one to take that away from them.
Maybe next time you're thinking of booking in a shoot, especially when the weather is bad, having a warm bath, jumping on their parents bed, playing chasey inside, baking a cake (and YES, letting the kids mix the ingredients AND lick the bowl) or raiding Mum's makeup, might just be the ticket for the most unforgettable family photos. I doubt you'll be met with too much resistance in a shoot like that!
Let the little rascals loose, I say!
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