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 lack personality and not a true capture of that moment in time.
Nope, give me lifestyle, reportage style photos any day and this was reinforced recently when the boys and I were the muse for The AMP Photo Co, based here in Devon.
Curious? Well 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 were to choose a setting in which we’d be photographed just going about our day 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’ to this time last year. The boys are teenagers, doing normal teenage things. My pre schooler is our happy little distraction, always 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 memory 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 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.
I see a 3-year-old who is fascinated with the world around him.
Who might be the smallest in our family but has the biggest personality.
but is easily distracted by the slightest thing her kids do to make her smile.
Then there’s our spaniel, the one who gets over looked most of the time, but 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 photo session on our local beach in Devon