The best parts of my week are when I get to work on another make-believe!
There is absolutely a time and a place for a classic studio portrait. I think a simple, timeless, formal portrait should be something that every family has at least once. We still need those to document families, milestones and life changes. I think we also need images that are also …more.
I’m finding that I love planning, designing, consulting, arranging, sketching and photographing these make believe sets. It satisfies the creative parts of my brain immensely. More importantly, I adore how these types of sessions absolutely engage the children participating. Whether they are a super hero, princess or explorer, whether the set is simple or elaborate, the props and accessories help the little ones relax and do what children do best – play.
It’s always tough to photograph something intangible, like an emotion or feeling. Trying to capture “childhood” “play” “innocence” and so many other adjectives is incredibly tough. I’m finding that make believe sessions are allowing me to get closer to capturing those fleeting intangible things. With a little make-believe we can create a mood, capture a story, and wander briefly in the steps of a child.
What would the world be like if we could all see the world through the eyes of a child?