"My lifetime is my existence in a sacred moment."
~ Lailah Gifty Akita
Yesterday was Mel's viewing session for her 'Mother & Daughter' photo shoot. It was a while in the planning and the shoot was postponed a number of times due to weather. For this particular shoot, we needed the exact elements to come together to produce the right look and feel and colour. So third time lucky we hit the sweet spot! If anything, it was just a little too windy and played havoc with hair (a real bugbear for photographers when it comes to editing).
With any concept shoot, there is always a lot of planning involved to try and get the photographs I produce to match the vision in my head. And with any shoot that is not staged, that comes out of natural interaction and synergy between the people in your shoot, and that is influenced by elements outside of your control (like the weather), it can often be a tricky thing to pull it all off in the way that you envisage.
It also requires that your subjects or clients, i.e. the people who are the main focus of your shoot, understand your vision and are co-operative in the sense that they rely and trust in the vision that you have relayed to them, and that they also agree and take ownership in that. Because in the end, your client...the people who are the focus need to love your vision for what's possible, just as much as you do.
So needless to say that Mel absolutely adored the end results! And as per my vision, the objective was to not only capture those special moments between Mel and Chloe, in a way that was recognisable to them, but also to show it in a way that encapsulates that feeling of love, beauty and bond they enjoy, through artistic expression.
In the end, that's what portrait photography is about...capturing those special bonds and little things that we know only too well. Things that as our children and our families grow, they are always remembered and treasured.
The added bonus with photography, is that you get to relive those moments and special things, well after the moments are no longer part of our reality, and are a distant memory. Through these images, they have the magic of bringing those distant memories back, in a way that it feels like it was just only yesterday ~ memories we can reach out and touch with all of our senses.
So if you love what you see, you can get in touch via my Contact page and we can chat about what you would like to create that captures those special bonds, and in a way that is an artistic expression of what is uniquely you.
* P.S. Stay tuned as I reveal more images during the week, and reveal the process that we went through to arrive at these images.
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