April 21, 2015

Themselves | Documentary At Home Session

Ickle Me, Pickle Me and Tickle Me went out in the boat.  Ickle Me and Pickle Me jumped out.  Who was left in the boat?

One Saturday morning in February, I spent some time with this great family.

My goal is always to capture families as they are.  Doing what they do, interacting the way they interact, smiling the way they smile.  Being themselves.  Now, this is pretty easy to capture when I’m photographing a baby or a toddler — as fast-moving and fickle as babies and toddlers are, they are ALWAYS being themselves because that’s all they know how to do.

Grown ups are sometimes a different story.  And bigger kids get farther away from that inability to be anything else than themselves the bigger they get.  I’ve got an arsenal of tricks to help both big kids and grownups relax into being themselves during sessions.  But sometimes those tricks are just not necessary.

It’s an absolute delight for me when a family is so comfortable and relaxed together that all I need to do is sit back, laugh along, and capture it.  (And I even walked away with a new trick — the answer to the above riddle is, of course, “Tickle Me”!)

A few of my many faves from this documentary at home session….

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~Jaye

 

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