Is this personal work or client work?
Tell us about this session. What about this session was most memorable?
This was a full family session that I shot just this summer. The mom wanted a nature setting, and so I scouted a location in their neighborhood. Although I send a short questionnaire prior to meeting (so that I have a little head start,) I love actually being face to face with my families and watching their connections unfold. As most of you know, small children can be unpredictable and I never know if they will take to me immediately, or if might take some time. I kind of love it when they don’t because this is when I get the snuggliest photos with the parents. These two beautiful boys were a little shy at first, but I made sure to get down to their level (eye to eye) and talk to them and make them feel important too. I played with the toys they brought, and acted super silly. The most memorable part about this session was being able to witness their family. I truly feel as if I take a piece of each family home with me afterward and I love that.
Where there any hurdles?
As mentioned above, some might think a child who isn’t into posing and smiling would be a hurdle, but I use these times to let the parents snuggle them up, while I’m running around capturing the connections.
Your best photographer/session advice?
Don’t force moments too hard with little ones. Use what you are given to capture honesty.
What gear was used to achieve these?
Nikon D600 and Sigma 35 ART
Angela Doran is a natural light photographer, who is also currently featured in Apple’s Shot on iPhone campaign! Located in Austin, Texas and serving all surrounding areas, she specializes in children and family lifestyle photography. She loves to keep her sessions fun and in the moment, capturing honest connections and emotions. She is also available for births, seniors, engagement and maternity sessions.