Is this personal work or client work?
This was kind of both. This mother is a friend who wanted me to do a motherhood session so very much. We ended up trading artwork her husband painted for this session. So it really allowed me the freedom I was craving.
What about this session was most memorable?
I think what was most memorable about this session, is how much this mother loves her children! I had her fill out a questionnaire prior to the session, which is the best preparation I can have as a photographer and with my own process. Through her answers, I realized that her love is not a one size fits all kind of love. And she has five children. It would be easy for that to be the case. I realized very quickly her bond with each child was profoundly different from one another. Beautifully so. And inspirationally so. That right there was instant inspiration. I realized I wanted to document her with each child, and for it to be deeply authentic to their own connection. I absolutely wanted there to be movement. Constant movement to allow for authentic gesture and to allow for true quiet moments of catching their breath and breathing together. There were quiet moments. There were loud and chaotic moments. There was endless laughter. It was a messy, lets do this on your lunch break with all five kiddos and see what we come up with kind of session. That turned out to be the most meaningful work I’ve ever shot.
Where there any hurdles?
The greatest hurdles were finding the sweetest lighting scenarios quickly and getting five kiddos in order and in the vicinity of the best light possible. Thank goodness they had plenty of options for good light. I finally focused on the master bedroom window light. I asked that their mattress be pushed up next to the window prior to the shoot dressed with white sheets. I love the connections created throwing pillows on the bed, nursing, and snuggling with mama.
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What gear was used to achieve these?
I shot with my Nikon D4, 35mm f/1.4 Nikon lens.