I think one of the main ingredients that defines my photography is connection. When I’m photographing children, particularly when I haven’t met them before, I like to take the time to talk to them and find out about them. Watching as we chat, I look for little details that I want to capture in their portrait. It might be the way their nose crinkles when they are laughing or how they fiddle with a lock of hair whilst they’re thinking of an answer.
I work with a compact, unobtrusive (Micro Four Thirds) camera which allows me to keep eye contact, to move around easily and to blend in. These authentic moments, whether it be on a brand shoot or for a private commission, are often my favourite images. I think that is when photography can take on a cinematic quality, if you can make whoever you are photographing feel entirely at ease – then your images will have a certain energy and be a true reflection of them.
The other key ingredient would be nostalgia. Whenever we visit my parents house, I am drawn to the cabinet where they keep all the old photo albums and could spend hours looking through the piles of 1970’s toned prints. I love to think of my children doing the same, remembering the details of their childhood and letting the photograph transport them back to that time. I think that is what is so compelling about photography and what appeals most to me, that ability to preserve these fleeting moments in time.
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