Let it be, let it be

1 07 2009

My favorite thing about photo shoots is making them not feel like a photo shoot. I am just not a photo shoot kind of photographer. Who thinks it’s fun to prop people up and arrange their arms and legs like giant action figures? Do people really enjoy wearing stuffy clothes? Being buttoned up and starched with a plastic, plastered smile?

Nah. I so much prefer photographing kids in their favorite ratty dresses and superman capes, while their parents sip coffee in T-shirts and bare feet and the dog meanders through the living room and in front of the lens. And the baby crawls around diaperless like a naked time bomb. When clients ask me how their child should be dressed for a session, my usual response is:

“The morning of the session, when your daughter wakes up with crazy hair and wearing an old princess nightgown — don’t touch her. That’s perfect.”

I suppose the reasoning behind this preference of mine is that genuine memories can’t be built on artifice. Years from now, you’ll want to remember what your family life really looked and felt like — not what the photo session looked and felt like.

Let it be, let it be.

This is the general idea.

This is the general idea.




11 responses

1 07 2009

of course, i absolutely adore this philosophy. life as it should be + authentic captures. thanks for sharing so eloquently.

2 07 2009

That’s a gorgeous shot. Sigh.

2 07 2009
Jaclyn Michele Photography

Beautiful post and so so true. πŸ™‚

5 07 2009

This post made me laugh out loud and teary at the same time (why?). You are so right. Thanks for the perspective.

6 07 2009

I quoted you (and included a link) on FB.
This message should be required reading for anyone claiming to be a portrait photographer.

15 07 2009
Rachel Vogeleisen

What can I say Cheryl, you are such an inspiration and you always come up with new ideas.Your pictures are a delight.

22 10 2009
Denise Snyder

Just discovered your blog and wanted to say how much I love your work… and your words. Very inspiring!

22 10 2009

man…how many times have i told people that…just be you!

5 11 2009
Kasia Znana

sooooo cute πŸ˜›

13 11 2009
Mel :)

Thanks to Tara, I just discovered your photo blog. And I can’t wait to dig deeper. But this particular post – perfect. I have never understood all the photoshopping – there is no emotion, no skin tones, posed & poised to an extreme that shouts fakeness. My question is, what will the clients really think when they back on those photos years later? Thanks for this.

20 11 2009

beautiful portrait πŸ™‚

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