In 2005, when I decided to be a family photographer, there weren't many to choose from in Johannesburg. With the advent of digital photography one is spoilt for choice today. Initially I photographed children in my studio because I was a single mother doing that juggling act thing. Today I do location child shoots all over the country. I knew from the outset that I had to develop my own signature look. A black backdrop with a single light to paint on my subject resonated with me. Simple and timeless. The results are as dramatic and appealing today as they were 13 years ago. I prefer displaying photos in black and white because there is a quiet honesty that allows them to do the talking. This is so important as these shoots needed to be regarded and a financial investment of a moment in time that will forever be part of your life. So this brings me to another important consideration when choosing a child photographer. Check out their recent work. There must be consistency in their creativity and quality in their work. I'm quite ruthless when I grade a shoot. If the photo doesn't say anything I probably should never have been taken it. I bin it. What my family clients ultimately receive is a collection of captured memories that I hope they would never be able to imagine not having in their lives.
I could never imagine being a child photographer without that child spirit lurking. It is so important to not only make the parents at ease but also their main act. One needs to go down to their level physically and engage. It is not only easy but levelling. It is often in these moments that I pick up on a trait or quirk that needs to be captured somehow. When my family clients return these traits are easier to capture because the players are all ready for the game. This makes my "Then and Now" shoots captured for families over the years so rewarding. It feels something like capturing my own child for me to hold. I often joke and say they wont have to look for a wedding photographer one day.
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