This week we welcome another awesome person to the world. Photographed in her parents' beautiful home in the French Alps, without any studio set ups, we captured Daisy's cheeky personality. No gimmicks, no cake smashing, no flower pots or cartoon costumes. Just Daisy.. Just me and her mum and her gorgeous little self, hanging out and doing whatever we can to get her to laugh and look in our direction..
Daisy is such a pretty name, isn't it? The name of the flower, being derived from
"...the Old English word dægeseage, meaning "day's eye..."
Apparently, and I never knew this, Daisies open their petals at daybreak? What a gorgeous thing to be named after.. and it's such a happy flower too.
I know I'm not the first person to say this, but one day someone needs to video what goes on behind the camera at a baby shoot. The things we all do just to get a laugh, or a look, or even just to stop them crying, is hilarious.
On these shoots I laugh a lot, but I sweat a lot more.
But it's totally worth it. I so often, amidst the madness and desperation of trying to get a single look to camera, think I've got nothing. Then I get home, upload the photos and find hundreds of adorable yet truthful portraits.
I've talked about it before on the blog, but I've little interest in cookie-cutter baby shoots. Don't get me wrong, they are adorable, and definitely have their place. But it's just not my style.. I look back over my father's photos of us, and find the most natural photos the most exciting. That's how I remember my brothers; that's how I remember feeling when we went on holiday; oh my god I remember that t shirt, that room, that chair.
It's that feeling, and how it felt to be there at the time, that I want to grab.
That's why, when they are quite small, I always try to photograph babies at home. It forces me into their space, their routine, and their world. I could very easily set up some lights, in a controlled situation, and make my life SO much easier. Use a theme, a set, a point of interest for the child, and just shoot. But I would miss so many things.. When Helen and Simon look back on these in years to come, they'll remember the house, the room, the pictures on the wall. It's all important memory making, and it's so much more valuable than a studio setting. Plus, being more fluid allows me to capture more shade of her character, when she's quieter, when she's not sure of my camera,
when SHE decides to play peekaboo with US (a hilarious turn of events at the time).
I love my Welcome to the World shoots for all of these reasons. But mainly, because children, however tough to shoot, provide us with the purest form of character.
Untainted, unlimited, and unafraid. Is there any purer portrait?
I stumbled across this quote, from Jess Lair, which seemed to express my feelings perfectly:
"...Children are not things to be molded, but are people to be unfolded...”
Many Thanks to Helen and Simon for having me shoot their beautiful little lady. I hope these make you smile as much I did! Can't wait to do this again soon :)