I love getting the opportunity to create portraits about someone, a photograph that is more than just an image of what they look like at the time but instead is something about who they are. In this case this young boy loves his football and attending training and playing matches is a big part of this family's life. So in years to come, these portraits provide more in the way of memories than just a portrait of what he looks like. These will take them back to memories of standing on the sidelines, in good weather and bad, watching this young boy develop into the man he's on his way to becoming.
For me, this makes this sort of work not only more interesting but also much more valuable. I of course still like creating images without the activities being a part of the scene but when it comes to photographing children, I love that these activities can be included and I believe it can make them so special.
Not only that, but its a great way to allow the child to have fun doing something that otherwise can make them both uncomfortable and bored. Not many children like the idea of posing for a photographer. So this gives them something that allows them to be themselves while almost forgetting there is a camera. In this case, this sweet boy quite enjoyed being able to kick a ball around inside which I am sure isn't something he's usually allowed to do.
I really welcome doing portraits such as these, whether it be football, rugby, ballet, or horse riding (if the horse is to be included its unlikely to happen in my studio but location shoots can be arranged instead, although I'd be willing to try in the studio if you can get the horse to me). The possibilities are endless and I'd be happy to try anything you present me with.
On this day this handsome young boy was already a star for me. We had a blast. I got just what I wanted from this session and I believe Mum and Dad would agree.
To get in touch or book a session you can either ring us on 01455 611069, follow this link to our contact us page on our website
, or send us a message via our Facebook page here
. We look forward to hearing from you.