When photographing moms, be sure to photograph the reactions their kids and partner have to her.
I know that we want to make sure mom is in the frame, but mom is going to want to remember the way her kids light up when she makes them laugh, or even just the way they look at her when she isn’t aware. Same with her partner – catch them looking at mom, and it’s the perfect way to really show her not just what she looks like at this moment in her life, but how impactful she is to all those around her.
I know that we want to make sure mom is in the frame, but mom is going to want to remember the way her kids light up when she makes them laugh, or even just the way they look at her when she isn’t aware.
Same with her partner – catch them looking at mom, and it’s the perfect way to really show her not just what she looks like at this moment in her life, but how impactful she is to all those around her.
Your Kids Don’t Care About Flattering Angles!
While it is definitely our job as photographers to allow and encourage our clients to feel beautiful in front of our camera, it is less important than deeply connecting with them to bring out their true personalities. Our children will not look back on the photos we leave behind for them and judge us for a non-flattering angle. The best thing we can do for them is leave behind images that make them remember parts of our hearts they’ve come to know so well. Spending lots of time getting to know your clients through pre-consultations, and allowing plenty of time to shoot will allow your clients to really shine and give you their sincerest selves. (This may mean, weaning ourselves off of those beloved mini-sessions!)
A perfect way to capture a beautiful, intimate moment between mother and child is to write love letters and read them aloud to each other.
This can work from toddlers to teens. Very young children can simply draw a picture, and older children can write a more detailed letter about what makes them proud of their mom, or their favourite adventure together. Likewise, mom can write a letter to her child, describing what makes her proud and her wish for the future.
Lay out a beautiful blanket outdoors, or cuddle up on the bed at home, and capture this beautiful moment as mother and child read their words to each other. The letter becomes a precious keepsake and a magical memory of the photo shoot! ”
Most times it is difficult to photograph mothers because they are very self conscience an critical of their appearance and would rather not be in the picture at all.
I’ve been fortunate enough in my years of being a photographer to have encountered moms that treasure the in-between moments of their lives and time shared with their kids to capture images like this one of a mother sharing a kiss with her daughter.
My biggest tip is to look for the love and shoot that.
You can never go wrong with capturing the love, affection and time spent together between a mother and child. As with any mom, their kiddos love them dearly, look up to them and idolize their very existence. From my experience, you can make a mother feel like a million bucks and more beautiful than a celebrity when she can look back on an image and see the love and connection captured between her and her child/family.
Photographing families is one of my favorite things to do, but really focusing on the connections between mothers and their children is something I am incredibly passionate about.
To have the opportunity to preserve these amazing and far too fleeting moments for one of the most precious bonds you will experience in this life is incredibly rewarding for me. I have worked with families of all shapes, sizes and ages and also talked with lots of photographers who are intimidated by the chaos family photography often brings to mind. One of the biggest concerns I am often asked about is what to do when the children get upset.
To be honest, these moments often create some of my favorite photographs. When a child is upset I want to photograph what it looks like when they are comforted. There is no better feeling than having your child all wrapped up in your lap, gently touching your face or holding on as if they’ll never let go. I encourage parents not to stress during these moments because it’s all a part of the experience!
I simply ask them to embrace their children and pour their energies into making this moment better.
With camera in tow, I am looking for every beautiful thing about this moment, and there are lots!
The way she gently rubs her child’s back, the way he reaches for her face and then snuggles into her shoulder, the beautiful tears giving way to a smile as the child begins to feel safe again. All of these moments will soon be beautiful memories and my goal is to preserve all the unique subtleties of the relationship between each mother and child and to show them all of the loveliness in this journey called parenthood.
When photographing families, I find that mothers tend to view themselves as the least important one and instead prefer to focus on getting great images of their children.
At times, mothers may not want to be in photographs at all. I always try to make sure that Mom knows how important it will be to her children one day to see her in photographs alongside them so she doesn’t treat her presence in photographs as an afterthought.
I also try to make she feels comfortable in front of the camera by telling her how good she looks at the very beginning of the photoshoot and giving her some tips about posing. Small things that help her build her confidence in front of the camera will help her to really shine! I also try to convince her to allow me to photograph her with her partner and alone after the family shots are done.
Many Moms have not been photographed with their spouse or by themselves since their wedding day. All Moms deserve to have some photographs of them in their roles other than Mom. These often wind up being some of their favorite photos from the sessions.