I usually have an idea of how I’ll approach a portrait session days before the shoot. Really really!
I could make my life easier and solely rely on an app to gather visuals, but I am an old soul and also like to write or sketch ideas in an idea style book (I am note taking nerd, what can I say!) Inspiration comes daily and collected from unusual places: a sweet moment I notice while people watching, artwork at a museum, or something seemingly irrelevant like color schemes. When I shot siblings Dylan + Sofia’s portrait session I already had some ideas and posing in mind to help move things along. Also, I wanted to execute these as quickly as possible (because let’s face it babies have their own agendas!) However, these two had much better things in store for me.
I never expected that Dylan & Sofia’s shoot would turn out the way it did because I surrendered to the moment…in not so many words. This was somewhat difficult for me because as a photographer I am admittedly a control freak. But, after noticing Sofia’s larger than life personality and Dylan’s calm and curious demeanor, we decided to let the moment unfold spontaneously as a way to capture their personalities just as they are especially side by side. The image above looks just like how it felt, no posing… Sofia was asked to hug her brother and so did this for us, laughing hysterically and affectionately clutching to him while he scoped out the scenery with those curious big blue eyes. Moments later we captured her energy and free spirit jumping on the bed because that is what she felt like at the time.
Us photographers like to control as much as we can from the lighting in our surroundings to camera settings and down to posing if our client wants us to. It takes a brilliant photographer to be able to adapt to the elements available and control what they can while letting things organically unfold so you have beautiful images that look pure and natural (because the moments really are pure and natural!). I like to think that my portrait shooting style has evolved to just that, less posing and more interaction to get just the perfect images that speak to who you are. – CM