Farrow Family | Family Lifestyle Session | Wingra Park | Madison Photographer
My brand is honest and real emotion. That is why I gear towards lifestyle photography. The kind that focuses on genuine moments. That’s my style. I like laughter. I like unpredictable. I like fun! So when Amanda contacted me regarding family photos and said “Eleanor and Corinne can be a wild card – either hide behind mom shyness or crazy silliness they can’t control. Best bet is to just join in the fun and they might go along with it” I knew this was the kind of session I wanted to do!
I met the Farrow family at Wingra Park. Of course, the children were a little shy at first but they quickly warmed up to me as I made terrible jokes about who knows what. I love photographing children because they have a wild imagination and get fixated on different things. They have very distinct personalities and it is always my goal to capture that. With lifestyle photography you get to spend a day at a park with a family. Just following them around as they play together as a family. That to me is Gold. You get to capture some tears along the way like when Corinne fell from a ledge as she was playing like children do, or when it was snack time and Piers was ready for an apple.
There is no forcing photography on children. Children will never understand the concept or having a person making them sit still and smile as they look directly at a stranger holding a camera. I think it helps that I have a degree in Child Development. I remember learning about attachment and about ways to present yourself to a child. Children are beyond smart. Constantly making connections. So as I followed the family around I made sure to only ask trick questions to make them problem solve. I think children appreciate that. In return they were easier to warm up to me.
Of course, we took advantage of moments when all 5 stayed together and we could get a complete family shot. Even so, in those frames where the entire family is together you can see each individuals personality. Eleanor is the oldest and she would suggest different ideas of where to photograph. Corinne being the middle child was spunky and full of energy. Piers is the youngest and was enjoying walking on his own two feet which is a huge accomplishment for a toddler. There is no stopping children. Let them be free!
Thanks to the Farrow Family for letting me spend the day with them! And Happy 2nd Birthday, Piers!