Category: Baby love
Infants at a photoshoot can be likened to Jennifer Lopez on a music tour – they are a bit diva-ish. However, instead of demanding that their coffee be stirred counter-clockwise and their dressing rooms contain all white items, their demands go something like this – Feed me, change me, cuddle me, feed me again, change me again – nap in a 45 min rotation. This means that as the photographer, I have a very small window of opportunity to get them when they are awake and content. Much like a diva, you must not push them into something they do not what to do or suffer the consequences. You can only hope that once their list of needs are met, they will cooperate. But, the difference between babies and divas is that babies are still adorable subjects irregardless of their mood, while divas are not.
Take Abigayle for instance. Whether she’s crying, yawning, sleeping or cheering for her favourite (Dad’s favourite) hockey team – she is adorable by default. And for some reason, when you put a baby in basket it ups their adorable factor 100%.
Nothing beats a photo shoot with people who can be themselves in front of the camera and have a sense of humour to boot. Nat and Adam are definitely that couple! I had a lot of fun with them – goofing around with some silly props and poses (including shots of them creeping through an old graveyard – so funny!). Nat insisted that her and Adam are notoriously “un-photogenic”, claiming that there are no “nice” pictures of them – only ones of them being silly. While I’ll admit traditional posey portraits may not be their forte, I disagree that this makes them “unphotogenic”. In fact, they are very photogenic (as you can see), not to mention charismatic. I loved that they were willing to show off their fun-loving and quirky selves at this shoot. It really conveys their genuine excitement and anticipation for the arrival of their baby girl, next month. I’m so honoured that they invited me to capture this very special milestone.
Amanda and Dana are high school sweethearts, expecting their first child – a boy – any day now. They are a super down-to-earth couple who wanted a casual and relaxed maternity shoot. Some of their family, who are equally excited about their first grandson and nephew joined us at Point Pleasant Park for the shoot. It was a great day and we got some great shots!
Kids and babies can present the greatest challenge to photographers. I usually welcome the challenge but I must say, it is a nice treat every once in awhile to photograph a baby or young child who doesn’t make you work quite as hard for a great image. Evelyn was one of those ideal subjects who took little coaxing smile right into the camera but who could also tune out my continuous shooting to enjoy some beautifully intimate moments with her mommy.