Last year I was lucky enough to attend a workshop with the world-renowned Children’s Portrait Photographer Elena Shumilova from Russia. She really inspired me and I absolutely love her work, so when I got back home again, I asked my friend and Assistant Elisabeth if I could borrow her daughter Mia and their dog to practice what I had learned. I somehow managed to rope my youngest son Aidan in too as himself and Mia were friends at school so were comfortable enough with each other. And I have to say, I was so impressed with how well they both followed my instructions. Before this I hadn’t really tried posing children, I have always just given them something fun to do and then captured that hoping for a good expression and natural smiles, but with Fine Art shoots, there isn’t as much smiling involved and you already have a concept or image in your mind that you are trying to reproduce, so posing and giving the children something specific to do is very much part of it. By doing this I found the two children seemed much more relaxed than if I was doing a lifestyle shoot as they were concentrating on what they had to do, and perhaps weren’t feeling as self-conscious or unsure of themselves, so the whole shoot flew by without a hitch and we got some really beautiful images.
I took these images on our family farm and in my home studio so it would be very easy to achieve something similar with your children should you wish to book a session of your own. With Fine Art shoots, it is more about the kids but I am more than happy to do a few family shots as well. You may notice the tones are much more muted compared to my colourful lifestyle images, and have a more traditional feel to them. This makes them more timeless I feel, and less likely to date or go out of fashion.
To get a better idea of what I mean, have a look through the images and let me know what you think by commenting below! Many thanks xx