So often, family pictures are a staged studio shoot, where it is meticulously planned and positioned resulting in an unnatural surreal moment. I like to take the shoot as they interact with each other and most importantly make it fun, this has resulted in totally candid moments with natural expressions and a spirit that is a much truer reflection of the characters in front of me. Parents love the fact that there are moments and expressions that they have never perceived in their children and perfect for a canvas on the wall.
"I asked Martin if he could take a portrait but the way I wanted: artistic pics with a black background and playing with the lights to create some shadows on faces. He said he never did it before. But as I could see he knew technically his camera, I was almost sure I would get the effect I wanted. I was right! Amazing results. I am pretty picky regarding photography and the only criticism I could make is the photo shoot went too quick! On top of that, he offered to come directly to my house, to make sure my 2 children will be comfortable during this exercise. It is not evident to stay natural in front of a camera but Martin managed to give us idea to strike a pose and then, it became a game! Many thanks for your kindness Martin."
Emma Louise wanted to use her garden as the back drop for a shoot, again a lot of fun was had, as the kids ran riot around the garden. I always find it's good to let them have fun first and take some silly ones, then they are much more likely to respond.
As part of my services, a client bought a gift voucher for a family shoot that she wanted to giver to her sister as a Christmas present. It is always a pleasure to capture moments knowing that this has been given with love and the results are always so much more relaxed.