When I pick up my camera I can't help but aim for a person or an activity. I am intrigued with images of people and the stories they tell. After a photo shoot, one of my favorite parts is reviewing the collection and creating a personal story or journey that not only represents that moment, but captures the heart and soul of the subject.
Newborn babies and the toothless, chubby smiles of a crawling baby are what originally kept me coming back to my camera. I quickly realized I had a knack for and actually enjoyed the challenge of capturing joy (or deviousness) in the child who wanted to be anywhere but in front of the background. Teenagers have individual styles and attitudes that are balanced with youthful energy and dreams. It is fulfilling and contagious and a lot of fun to edit! Families are, well, families. Anyone who is part of one understands the planning and coordination required to walk in to a photo shoot camera ready. The family dynamic is always fun to capture in a photograph. How often are all of you focused on the same thing at the same time?!
I consider myself a "roll with punches" sort of person, which serves me well during a photo shoot when things aren't always perfect and predictable. Sometimes what we have in our mind or on paper doesn't always become reality - it becomes something even better. I am proud to say my clients typically walk away surprised that they had fun and laughed most of their way through the session. I appreciate the client with a particular vision and request just as much as the client who has no idea. Every photo shoot is unique and there is always room for creativity.
It is important that the photo session is comfortable for all involved. This is probably a good time to mention that I am a mom of 4 - ages ranging from young elementary to high school. There is no need to apologize when things get tricky during a session. I have seen it, heard it, cleaned it, broke it, fixed it and more. Don't worry - I get it and it's never a show stopper.