“Amanda and Ami were wedding clients. They now have two active and curious little boys keeping them busy in Victoria, BC. Amanda is a photographer and wanted images to remember life at this moment, even if it’s often chaotic.”
Ryan’s Photography Tip:
For many of my sessions, I like to begin in the home of the clients. There was no posing necessary because I the just did what they’d do as a family on a normal weekend.
At the time of our session, Elijah enjoyed taking photos and wanted to show me his room and talk about Star Trek. I don’t have a clue about Star Trek, but I listened and asked questions. From that point, all I had to do was follow them around documenting the next few hours. Take a genuine interest in your clients and you’ll earn their trust.
With kids I also try to keep them moving. We went outside to their parking lot just for some different light and variety. Changing a location can sometimes change a mood, so if I feel that a kid is getting impatient, I suggest we move a little bit or burn a little energy. It usually does the trick (for a while!).
Pay attention and listen to your clients, especially kids and especially their mood(s). I’m always moving around in sessions with kids because I want to maximize their patience. Happy kids make for happy photos! Find out what they’re interested in so you can engage with them when needed.
Ryan used a Canon Mk III with a Canon 35mm f/1.4 lens to capture these images.
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