I‘ve been taking children’s portraits for as long as I can remember. It started out with my family and friends but, as I was asked to shoot more and more, I began to realise that people really valued the natural and relaxed style of my photography. I’m not a fan of clever or quirky photography and prefer simple, striking images that are instantly warm and engaging. As a mother and a wife I know exactly what sorts of pictures l like to have of my own children and use this as a guide whenever I take children’s portraits for others.
For me the term ‘child photography’ represents a pretty broad mix and spans babies and toddlers to teenagers – even Mums and Dads and everything in-between. Sometimes I just photograph children and other times it’s the entire family group. Personally I am not drawn to the rather dated formal family groups and tend to prefer more natural images, which often occur when people simply aren’t trying too hard.
Although I use studio lighting for some photography I regularly prefer to take children’s portraits in natural light whenever possible. Not only does natural light create one of the most flattering forms of photography, it’s also the best environment for people to relax in and feel at ease in front of the camera. Natural light doesn’t always need to be outdoors either – when used properly, the diffused indoor lighting from windows and doorways can be absolutely lovely as well.