Only photogenic people should be in the pictures, right?
“I am not photogenic”, “I am not comfortable with posing”, “I do not like to be photographed” - I often hear these from mothers. Sometimes during a consultation call with my clients, sometimes from people in the park, when they found out that I am a photographer or sometimes even from my own friends.
I always laugh and say, that I actually do not feel comfortable to take pictures of the people who are posing or feel super photogenic. I like to capture my clients with the people they love without all the hassle of traditional portrait sessions: posing, smiling, looking at the camera.
For me the most important part about photography is to document you as you are, so that one day you and yours can look back on different times of your life.
The people in your life know what you look like, and they won’t care whether or not you looked “photogenic” – they just want to see YOU.
For your family – you look great, because they love you!
Sometimes I have clients, who tell me about their studio experience. They tell that pictures look beautiful, but they do not look like themselves and for this reason they do not feel any emotional connection with these photos.
I For example, I do not feel any emotional connections with my passport pictures either – though I do look photogenic in some of them and even wear some make-up!
When you forget about the camera and connect with people you love - you look amazing! It is that simple indeed.
I am really curious about where you are in your life right now and I want to capture this wonderful times and emotions for you and your kids.
I am not here to direct you into “perfection”, I am here to encourage you to be yourself, to let go all the worries and to be in the moment with your family.
You will quickly forget that you are being photographed and concentrate on your baby or kids – which really does make for the best pictures to represent who you are.
Maryia has this incredible skill of being there and present and friendly and chatty, and still make the session all about the “target group”. I tend to think most people feel at least somewhat uncomfortable with a camera directed at them. For me, personally, it can be extremely bad. However, with her, we were all completely at ease and never felt that someone was trespassing our private space. It was definitely the smoothest and easiest shoot that I’ve been part of.
To be honest, I do not think I am “photogenic” either. Sometimes I feel tired, overweight, not so young etc.
But I make it my duty to get in the pictures, keep and print them regularly.
Because first of all – pictures do get better with the time. Go take a look at your pictures from 2015 – you will probably LOVE all of them!
Second, the pictures of me being happy and enjoying my life will be priceless for my family someday. If you have pictures of your parents being young and happy, you know exactly what I am talking about.
Your kids also want to have such pictures, you know it. So why bother so much about how you look in them?
Let's just relax and make some amazing portraits!
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