If I could give any advice to parents taking photos of their children, it is, let the children be themselves. Don’t make them smile for the camera. To me, this makes the best photographs. I hope you’ll agree.
I was called by Queen Anne mom Cecile to do an extended family portrait of 10 people-grandparents, two sets of parents and these children. And, we did those more structured pictures. But what I hope to achieve during those sessions as well, is also capturing these moments in between the more formal portraits. I love capturing natural emotion, and don’t want children to “smile for the camera. ” My hope is that you will find these as successful as I feel they are. Thanks for looking.
Carter is a very active two-year-old. It may look like he is standing still, but I can assure you, he was not! My photojournalism background comes in very handy when following children running around in their environment. Carter was photographed on-location in his West Seattle home. What a blast! I also photographed him jumping on his parents bed, running around naked (what a tush! -:)) and his quiet moods too. But we’ve save those for his parents. I love documenting children as they really are. Meryl