Being the one usually behind the camera, you’re never that comfortable being photographed. It’s nonsense really as I know that when I’m staring through a lens, I’m not thinking how that person looks, I’m working out the settings, the composition and the focus. So why I feel a certain sense of unease having someone taking my photo is bonkers. But I do. It’s for that very reason why I detest staged and posed photos, to me, they personality and are never a true picture of that moment in time. No, lifestyle, reportage photos are the only style for me. And I discovered this recently when the boys and I were the muse for The AMP Photo Co, based here in Devon.
The session looked a little like this……
After several emails back and forth, one half of the award-winning husband and wife duo, Mike gave me a little background on how the location photo shoot would work. His wife Anna is credited with being one of the top wedding photographers in the country so I knew we’d be in good hands.
We had to choose a setting in which we’d be photographed, just going about things as normal and Mike would be in the back round capturing every little moment. I was keen on a snap shot of raw family life. Our ‘normal’ is a different normal from this time last year. There are 2 teenagers in the house now, doing normal teenage things; sleeping in, looking at life a little nonchalantly and glued to their phones. My pre schooler is our happy little distraction, keeping us grounded. Ditto for the dog.
And how best to preserve these days than in a picture diary which we can look back on one day and really feel that moment. Good or bad, it’s a memories and not the social media perfect we try to put out there.
Instead of the staged studio photos a typical shoot depicts, I look at these photos and I see a 17-year-old who is tired after a night out with his friends. I also see a protective big brother who isn’t embarrassed about carrying his little brother around.
I see a 13-year-old, who I worry isn’t happy, smiling. When you’re so focused on one little negative it’s so easy to miss the positives. A reminder that my little boy is still in there somewhere in amongst the teenage grumbles of tiredness and boredom.
I see a 3-year-old who is fascinated with the world around him. Who’s constantly experiencing new things and in a perpetual wonder of the world and a stream of “why’s”
He might be the smallest in our family but has the biggest personality. A real reminder not to take life too seriously and enjoy every minute.
And I see a mum who’s often a little pre occupied with her thoughts……..
but is easily distracted by the little thing her kids do to make her smile.
Then there’s our spaniel, the one who gets over looked a lot of the time, but is also our go-to for cuddles.
And that’s what The AMP Co photo shoot showed me, what is going on in our family right now.
Many thanks to The Amp Photo Co for let us experience a location photo session on our local beach in Devon