Connection is an essential element of photography that can transform a good image into a great one. And a great image evokes memories that you’ll truly treasure for a lifetime. Whether it’s between people, objects, or the environment, connection adds depth, emotion, and meaning to a photograph. A photographer’s ability to capture a genuine connection between subjects is what separates them from simply taking a few snaps on your iPhone. In newborn and family photography, the connection between the subject and the photographer is crucial, as it can create a level of comfort and trust that translates into a more authentic and relaxed photograph. Ultimately, connection is what makes photography such a powerful medium for telling the beautiful story of your lives.
Relax and be yourself: Try to relax and be yourself in front of the camera. Take deep breaths, and don’t worry about trying to look perfect or posed. Remember, the best photos capture your personality and essence, so try to let your true self shine through! Don’t pressure your kids into being “perfect” or posing a certain way; leave it to me and let them by who they are. This will keep your session from looking and feeling strained and stressful.
Focus on the moment: Instead of worrying about how you look, focus on the moment you’re sharing with your child or your family. Whether it’s a special occasion, a fun outing, or a personal milestone, try to embrace the experience and enjoy the moment. Many clients find that when they simply enjoy being together, the session flows naturally and they enjoy lots of laughter! One foolproof idea to help you refocus and stay grounded is simple: hug your little ones. It reduces your stress level and reminds you to be present in the moment.
Use natural poses and expressions: Use natural movements and expressions that feel comfortable and true to you. Relax your shoulders, keep your chin slightly down, and let your facial expressions reflect your emotions. As your photographer, I will help move or position you if needed, so you can move freely! If you feel too stiff, try adding movement like walking, holding hands, or tickling your little one. Movement photographs beautifully and looks more authentic and natural.
Here are some examples of some authentic, beautiful connection: