It’s great to be a family’s regular portrait photographer.
I recently photographed one of our clients’ third child. I photographed her first child in 2004, and we had a great time. He was about 19 months old and was interested in everything. At one point he fell into our – very shallow, and safe – stream. This was in the days of film, and it’s been fascinating looking back at those images, and remembering how different the process was.
On the day I shot a mixture of studio and location images, using both grainy B&W and colour film. The image above was shot with him on the studio steps in some lovely soft light.
Almost exactly two years later I photographed his brother at about the same age. Mum wanted images of the second child on his own so she would have a great record of the two boys at the same age. By now I was shooting digitally, and so the B&W images are converted from the original colour images. He was very energetic with a great grin, and spent a long time going up and down the three steps in our garden, obviously very pleased with himself for being able to do it without assistance.
This image of him is against a simple black background in the studio, and I think, really brought out his character.
Recently, as mentioned above, to complete the set of images of the children at the same age, our client brought along her third child for his shoot. He was happy spending time playing with his Mum’s mobile phone, as well as being extremely interested in our patio gravel. The image below shows him on the same steps as the first image, and also has the lovely soft light.
It was really interesting looking at the similarities, and differences between the children. They looked quite alike but their different characters came through at each shoot. It’s capturing these differences in character that makes photographing people so endlessly fascinating.
Mum loved the images from all three shoots, and there’s now a gallery of large images on the kitchen wall.