Summer Part 4

07th October 2015

A family shoot at Burgh Castle is the subject of this latest instalment of my Summer blogs. A fine day, a fair walk through long meadow grass, two small children, mum and dad and a man with a camera….what could possibly go wrong….?

Fortunately, nothing went wrong. Why should it? I often hear the expression "Never work with children or animals" from parents after (or during) a shoot, particularly if they feel that their children aren't quite 'performing' as they think they should. To be honest, it never really bothers me. Children are children, they shouldn't have to 'perform' for the camera.

What my shoots are about is capturing personality through the lens. You can't expect direct eye contact from all or smiles on cue, I think you have to accept the moments for what they are. A record of a short period of time you spend with a family. Sure working on a shoot with younger children can be somewhat unpredictable and, to the casual observer, almost chaotic, as parents and photographer jump about like demented beings to catch attention, distract and cajole, but isn't that the fun part? It certainly is for me, and it beats an hour at the gym too!
This shoot followed the description above….much noise and hullabaloo, a lot of laughs, smiles and giggles…just perfect.

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