Often times people ask me if I do family portraits. Yes and No. Yes, I love to photograph people and families, but No, I don't like to do the traditional staged posing format. If that's what you're looking for, there are many amazing portrait photographers that I can highly recommend. I like photographing people in a more natural format to capture their personality, features and way of being - to preserve that moment. During my recent photography & camera workshop, I was working with the participants in the courtyard at Villagio Town Center. As we moved throughout the center trying to identify elements to photograph and adjusting our cameras accordingly, I caught in the corner of my eye this little animated character. Fluttering through the courtyard and just as quickly she perched herself on the ledge of the fountain wall, splashing water with her feet. And in her hands, imaginary wishes she was throwing into the fountain.
For me, following the light and how it drapes the subject is always key. Of course it helped that she was adorable and well, let's just say, loving the camera and attention too. Here are just a few of the images I was able to capture in the five minute break I took during the workshop. Yes, even the instructor gets a break to play with the camera, even if it was just for five minutes.
The lesson here, you don't need to stage the people - especially kids - their natural poses and way of being are more magical and beautiful than any pose you can create. No posing, no staging, let them direct you!
Note from the little girl's mom:
Wow - The pictures you captured are amazing! You have a true gift, and I feel blessed to be in the right place at the right time to have met you.