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Heather says:

“This is one of my favorite sessions with my own daughter, my most difficult subject.”

Heather’s Photography Tip:

Like many photographers, I started out photographing my own daughter. She was my main subject in the beginning, and my most unwilling, difficult one at that.

I wanted to create beautiful images of her so badly, to capture the brilliant blue in her eyes, the highlights in her hair, the beauty I see every day, but it wasn’t happening.

I got frustrated. I got mad. I drove her and my husband crazy trying to capture the perfect image…until I let go.

Now my friends often tell me it’s impossible for me to take a bad picture of my daughter. I have to laugh at that, because I have plenty, I assure you.

My photographer friends exclaim how their children are impossible to photograph, and I know the feeling. I studied light, posing, camera settings, anything and everything to be able to pull off a session with my kid.

It wasn’t until I let go of the idea of a perfect image that everything kind of clicked. The thing that needed to change was ME.

So, as an experiment, I took my daughter to a local park and I just let her play. I didn’t try to pose her. I didn’t try to get her attention. I took a lot of deep breaths to calm myself down, stood back, and followed her around, capturing whatever I could.

One of my favorite images from that session is the back of her head. No kidding, I love it.

So I started trying to go into each session in a very calm state of mind. I listen to music that makes me feel good, I breathe, sometimes I dance. I talk myself out of going for that “perfect” image.

I call it my zen zone. It has changed the way I photograph newborns, babies and children, and I’m now certain they can feel the difference.

The moment I get wrapped up in wanting a shot more than my subject wants to give it to me is the moment they unravel.

This particular session with my daughter was no different. I listened to music on the way. My expectations were null and void. I followed her around with very little instruction.

I stood back, I got up close, circled around her, got up and got down to get as many different looks and angles as I could.

I did this at 30-something weeks pregnant too so there were times I was laying on my side in the dirt, but I often leave a session wet and dirty. That’s how I know I gave it my all, while staying in the zen zone.








Heather used a Canon 5D Mark III with a Canon 135L lens to capture these images.

Heather Solima is a Nashville, TN Maternity, Newborns, Babies and Children’s photographer.

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Published by Beth Teutschmann

A big fan of food, chaos, and all things fun, Beth is the owner of Starboard Editing, LLC - a photography post-production company focusing on anything from editing to blogging and SEO. When she's required to leave the confines of her dark room, she enjoys martial arts, eating, tattoos, cooking, ice cream, sillyness, eating, and traveling. You should probably say hi.

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  1. I adore the feel of these images. Very well done, they are so dream-like, reminds me of a fairie tale.

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