During a family portrait session, my aim is always to capture the true spirit of the people who mean the most to you… especially the kids. This often means taking a more documentary approach to capturing the connections & relationships between each family member. These are the authentic moments that can mean so much down the road!
I totally get it when parents come to a session saying, “there’s no way my kids are going to sit still for photos… how are we ever going to get a good portrait of them?!?!” My philosophy is that sometimes it’s best to just let the kids do their thing. Let their little personalities shine rather than restricting and limiting them. Let them play, explore their environment, and show you their discoveries. Rather than impatient, forced smiles, the moments we can capture are instead full of joy, connectedness, and love.
This particular family wanted to document their youngest’s 1st birthday with just such a photo session. While the birthday girl was of course the star of the day, it was important to show her relationship with her older sister and parents, too! I love the resulting mix of both quiet & fun moments that we created together. Here are few favourites from this natural documentary session. Xo