Thursday, December 28, 2006

Daley Family 06

I went to school with Veronica and when I remet her years later, she was the most glamourous woman I knew. So I felt the pressure was on when she asked me to photograph her children. But the kids were such fun and we Christened their brand new home with these photos.

I tend to prefer to capture moments of laughter, especially when shooting children, but this was by far the best shot of the day, and Veronica loved this shot the most. She blew it up and framed it and told me she felt it caught the proud and strong personalities of her three children.

I have since shot her family two more times. Click here to see the shoot from 08, and here to see the shoot from 09.

Sunday, October 8, 2006

Welcome Baby Saria

Meet the Robinsons. Probably the most picture perfect family on the planet! And this is Baby Saria (pronounced like Maria with an "S"). At 6 weeks, I could not get over how alert yet zen she was - a dream to photograph, despite the grey weather. Poor Ed - only minutes into the shoot, I asked him to remove his shirt. I just love the contrast of the strength of Ed juxtaposed to tiny fragile Saria.

I have to say, I am usually extremely reluctant to shoot babies either after 2 weeks old, or before about they are about 4 or 5 months. In their first couple of weeks, newborns are still sleeping all the time so I can prop them into mad places like baskets, bowls, or hang them in some fabric from the trees! Their faces are more soft and relaxed while asleep so they look more like who they really are. As soon as babies start to wake up, they are still utterly adorable in motion, but often certain expressions when freeze framed can look more like a struggle for life and really not the bundle of perfection parents love. By the time babies are about 4 or 5 months old, the gleeful squeals have taken over the pursed lips and buggy eyes and once again, it is an amazing time to capture. So the point of this ramble it is to say that I reluctantly broke my rule and photographed Saria at only 6 weeks old, but she was an exception to the norm, and blew my mind with how photographable she was - just beautiful.

This shot of Ed with Saria is one of my favourite shots of all time!

It helped that Cheryl and Ed were totally snuggly and adorable together too.

Thursday, May 4, 2006

Defrias Maternity Session

Susanne and Dennis were expecting their first child and brought the most dreamy white fabric which I draped all around Susanne like she was a Grecian princess. She was actually the one who inspired me to get my own gauzy fabric to drape around expecting mothers which is now one of my favourite looks. The shoot was done outside at night and the wind only added to the moodiness of the shots. Thank goodness it was not too cold, for good bumps never look good close up.