When Amanda reached out to me wanting to book me for two sessions, one being a couple/maternity kind of thing & the other being a newborn session for once she gives birth to her first child, I was so excited. Then it hit me that I don’t have many sessions like this, of couples, under my belt. A tad out of my comfort zone. My jam has been storytelling sessions of families, mostly unposed. A session documenting a couple together outdoors by a beautiful lake can be quite different. It involves posing, direction, guidance – something I am still very new to. I booked the session anyway! I knew, if I put some effort into it, I could knock it out of the park. And thats exactly what I strived to do.
The session started off great. I decided to ask them to do something I never really ask clients to do, look at the camera & smile. I figured everyone appreciates one or two photos like this in their gallery, anyway.
But if I wanted to get those emotive images I ache for, I somehow had to figure out a way to break the ice.
So I started to chat with them & remembered that the best images from my family documentary sessions are the ones that showcase interactions. Not only interactions, but reactions. I started to ask them questions & photographed the reactions I got.
Sometimes it was awkward, a lot of times it was funny, but mostly, it was successful. We continued this strategy all the way through the session.
Some more highlight images from this session.
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