When I first started photographing families and I created my website, I touted the fact that I was a “documentary-style photographer”. And yet, I wasn’t going into peoples’ homes to document their daily living, I was taking them to a field, expecting them to act “naturally” (whatever the means), and praying they’d do exactly what I had in mind. In all honesty, I wanted to photograph the love, energy, chaos, and intimacy of a family but I didn’t know how to do that.
If you’ve ever been on the other side of the camera you know that the one thing you want is to be told what to do.
When you’re on that other side, you have NO idea what you look like, what the scene looks like, how the energy is reading, and it makes you feel insecure. When you don’t know what to do, your default is to stand up straight and smile at the camera for every. single. shot.
Ironically, NOT posing can make the entire session feel stiffer than what good posing can do!
At photo shoots, I think of myself as a director, guiding the people on the other side. When you stop worrying about WHAT to do, you can relax and focus on the love for and connection with your family. Not only is that kind of photo shoot more fun but it will also give you pictures you will cherish forever.