9.23.2008

MY GOAL AS A PHOTOGRAPHER

I had a conversation recently that got me thinking. I began thinking about what my I am trying to accomplish when I go to a photo shoot. What do I want to capture, to show through my images?

I guess I know what what my main goal is, and I hope it would be evident by my work. But I feel I should share with you just what I feel my "style" of shooting is. Communicating with you what to expect when/if you are considering hiring me as your photographer...that's what I'm doing here!

If I had to pick one word to describe what I want to accomplish, I think it would be documentation. My goal is to capture the personality of your child as he is right at this moment. I want to freeze time, in a way, so that you will be able to look at your photos and remember that funny expression, shy smile or squinty-eyed laugh that was your child at this particular time. In essence, I want to capture the true spirit of your child.

That said, let me tell you this: I am not a cookie-cutter photographer (such as Sears, Wal-Mart, school portrait photographer,etc). I won't spend our whole time together trying to get perfect smiles and happy expressions. While these do have a place and I do love a precious smile from a child, I more strive to see them as they are, without forced expression. NATURAL. period.

It's good that everyone is aware of this. If your child sits still well and is easily entertained by my sillyness and will give me hundreds of smiles, then great! But if he generally only sits for a minute and is on the go constantly, than I would rather chase him around and play and capture what I see than fight with them for that one(probably forced) smile.

Don't get me wrong...I will get smiles in almost all sessions! But I can tell you that they most likely won't be perfectly posed... If this is what you want than please don't hire me because this is not what I do. I am not the right photographer for you.


Ok! Now that that is clarified, let me show you some photography, Leah style!


This is Logan, who just turned one. What one-yr-old sits still and smiles? We warmed up by taking pics of Logan is his awesomley-painted bedroom.




I love this one below of him cracking up. Too funny!





Fun climbing up and down the steps:





and playing in the rocks:





And "driving" the John Deere:





Playing with the puppy:



and a few of just the puppy:




Playing peek! through the sliding door:






and a few more of my favorites of Logan beign Logan!









3 comments:

Josie said...

What a cutie! Love the black and whites at the end. Adorable!
Josie

Christi said...

That's SOME PUPPY! lol.

Great shots, Leah! Was I around for that conversation? It rings a bell! ;)

Yep, that last shot is yours and I think I gave you credit the first time around, but since I rewrote that post about 15 times (GRRRRRR!) I forgot it at about version 7. When I repost it I'll make sure I get that in there.

What about next Wednesday or Thursday?

Blog comments are the new email. haha

Mary said...

We LOVE these Leah! They definitely capture Logan being Logan.

And I really appreciate your vision as a photographer. What fun are stiff posed pictures?!??! We want the real stuff, the serious and goofy. Cheers to you, and I am sure others will appreciate you posting your vision.

You have given us those snapshots in time that we will treasure always.

:)