All in all a very enjoyable session and a large part of why my job doesn't always feel like a job. Especially when I get the chance to meet such nice people as Nick and Claire. Not at any point did our meetings with each other feel like work. To be perfectly honest I just felt like we were having friends around. Seeing as I only just met them for our consultation I think thats a pretty good client relationship we've developed. They're even coming over Friday to watch the next England match. (Our viewing projector in the studio is making a great venue to watch the World Cup).
So this is really becoming my thing lately. I am having so much fun working with children individually where I can direct and interact in ways that bring the best out of my subject. This has certainly become a process now of creating rather than taking photographs. And its what I have always wanted to be, a portrait artist rather than a photographer. I cannot put into words fully just how rewarding this is. For each of these shoots (as with nearly all of my shoots) we begin with a consultation where we discuss what we would like to achieve in the shoot. Here we will consider the type of clothing and any possible props. We will look at both the clients clothes and my ever growing collection so we can pick what will work best. In all circumstances we are heavily guided by what the child in the portraits wants to wear as I see this as vitally important. If he or she is uncomfortable its going to show and the portraits won't work. But most are happy to play dressups and wear a com