Family portrait photography can be a formal studio affair, or it can be completely relaxed and natural. It all depends what kind of result you’d like. Children often feel most comfortable in the familiar surroundings of their own home. Once your children feel comfortable, it makes the shoot a fun experience for us all. This is vital to getting natural and relaxed photos, the kind of shots that truly capture your family’s personalities.
Here’s a slide-show of some Bournemouth family portrait photography. It all came together over the course of an hour or so with Dawn, Adam, and their son Charlie. You can’t rush these things, especially when a hulking great stranger starts waving a big black camera around. In Charlie’s case, I think he’d relaxed fully when he started chewing on part of my camera. It was really nice of Charlie to share some of his favourite toys with me, and he was very forgiving when, rolling about on the floor to get the best angles, I knocked his tower of cups over.
After some time inside we popped out into the garden in the warm weather, and I love the shots of Charlie and Adam face to face on the lawn with Adam tickling Charlie with a stalk of grass. I shoot in colour and as usual I showed Dawn and Adam a set of pictures in both colour and black and white treatments, but I love black and white people photos because without the distractions of colour you can really emphasise people’s expressions and emotions.
Charlie’s a great kid and I’m really pleased to be able to give Dawn and Adam these memories of Charlie at this point in his life. It’s a terrible cliché, but they grow and change so fast that it’s easy to forget what they were truly like when they were that small!