(3 mins read and nicer photos towards the end of this post, I promise you)
The photo was captured by my husband as I juggled a mug of hot tea (the brit got it right - tea fixes many things) and a diaper-clad toddler burning up at 39.9* fever. There were tons of bodily fluids; vomit, spit, saliva, cough, yellowish-green snot that weekend.
This is what he said, "real mom look". And so it is.
Raw, real, authentic, genuine mom.
No gym clothes and happy faces. Just a very ratty, old housedress.
No Estee lauder, short dresses, high heels days. Just a quickly bun-up hair smelling like yesterday's stale vomit.
No laughters. Just loads of tears, whining, frustration, and more tears.
Just sheer exhaustion, raw and real, captured in a photo.
And that's the essence of my photography work - emotion, raw and real, in all of its glory.
Children's laughters, tears, happiness. - priceless
Adult's professionalism, camera-shyness, discomfort, before it melts away into confidence. - priceless
Children coming up to me and asking "can i press your camera, please?" and adults going "BE CAREFUL! NO!" ... I let them mess around, I do because it means so much to them as it does to me. - priceless
Mom's receiving the final product and sending me texts of gratitude and happiness - priceless.
Me, shocked upon receiving a gift from a client, a lovely champagne bottle. - thankful
This is what working with families and children taught me:
- Have empathy and loads of it.
- Treat their children with respect, gentleness and kindness.
- Always make sure the main parent/caregiver (mom or dad) is photographed tons with the child.
- No such thing as "too many photos". Keep on pressing that shutter.
- Capture even the smallest details that will warm their heart when they receive the final product.
It truly is priceless when your clients are happy. Truly is. Always capture that which will warm their hearts.
Have a great week ahead.