Child photography, or rather, a quite wonderful ‘whole-family’ photography session. With Ellis, Jake and mum – and some pancakes, scooters and trees that wanted climbing.
Child Photography in Newbury
Portrait of Play – Ellis & Jake
This selection of shots (taken from the 25 that comprises a full Portrait of Play art book) shows how the simple Portrait of Play child photography premise can capture a great deal of a family’s ‘larger’ life. In the post you can see shots that document Jake and Ellis wonderfully engaged in the things they like doing. But you can also see more ‘real life’ scenes and familial interactions, which arose naturally through the process of this ‘Portrait of Play’.
Play is family, family is play
As the morning went on, play activities naturally chopped and changed from trees to scooters to trampolines. And the ‘playees’ (yep – just made the word up) naturally shifted from individuals to groups of twos and then threes and back again. In fact, by the end of the session I felt like I experienced one of those ‘life lessons’ which you think you knew already but… um… might not. Namely: that play is family and family is play. And that taking one out of the other may very well not be a good idea for anyone concerned.
‘Documentary photography’ in child photography
This is one of first documentary family sessions I ever did. And, although I feel I’ve grown and developed as a photographer since then (I would have stopped if I didn’t – promise!) I actually think that there’s no better advert for documentary photography than this particular session. It’s all about the people in the photographs and the beautiful window that THEY provide into the little things that are so special about their life together. Documentary photography aims to show the simple cliche of ‘people being people’. And if, in 10 years time the people in my photographs are doing things like these guys here, I’ll be a happy family photographer.
What do you think of the Portrait of Play?
If you’d like to know more about how the sessions work, just follow this Portrait of Play link for the nuts and bolts. They are super-flexible are simply crafted around what’s fun and what’s normal for the little people (two words which, for kids, go so infuriatingly well together…)
Feel free to check out some of the other blog posts on family photography sessions for other ways they can work.
Or if you’ve seen enough, contact me to start planning your own child’s/children’s session.