Not every child is comfortable getting their photo taken. Actually most of them aren’t. I know I’m not and many adults aren’t either.
These two siblings, to be honest, were reluctant participants in their family portrait session. The sister was shy, weary of me. The brother, self conscious and not sure how to act (not posted here are the 100 or so images I got of him glaring at me or making goofy/sabotage faces.) While this usually stresses parents out, it’s pretty common.
This is part of my job. Moving through the awkward beginnings. It takes getting to know kids a bit. Getting them on board with me, with my camera and giving them space. My 8 years of elementary teaching experience definitely serve me in this arena. Getting good pictures of kids. I’m patient and accepting. I can be goofy or I can lay down some rules. Every kid is different. And in the final images you don’t see the awkwardness. You see the personality. You see who they are in this moment in time. And that is what my clients continuously say they love about my photos of their kids. It’s really them. Not a fake smile, not a perfect pose.
Not every image is a winner. But when you don’t force perfection and let the little ones be themselves you come away with some real gems.
These two helped remind me of that.
Sara Vandepas has almost 10 years experience as a family portraits photographer working in Portland, Oregon and the Willamette Valley. She also does a limited number of weddings a year. Her wedding photography as well as family photography are documentary style, mostly natural lit, authentic, candid style. Email her today to book your full or mini session!