Last week I spent a few hours in Southport on a photoshoot with the Parkinson family and their cute dog. As a documentary family photographer I tell a story about the family and their interactions with one another. On this occasion the family were going out for Sunday lunch so there was no cooking at home, but the kids managed to squeeze in some warm chocolate cake in to their tummies 😊 As with all of the family photoshoots my focus is to make sure everyone is comfortable around me and they will start to be themselves really quickly. This method allows the family to interact as normal, play board games, play on the xbox, and think of some role play ideas with the dolls house.
It’s common at the start of the family photoshoot for the adults to be asking “what do we do?”. The simple answer is be yourself and enjoy time with your family like you normally would. No moment is staged, however we might make an effort to go out for a walk, the park, or a local favourite place. I think because we have been trained to sit still and smile when a camera is around, it takes a few moments to change mindset to ignore the camera and be normal.
Whilst spending a couple of hours with the Parkinsons for their family photography session it was great to see how they interacted and all the little fun family moments that took place; The daughters shared a loving moment, Mum & Dad played dolls with the youngest on the lounge floor, and Dad played Fifa on the xbox with their son. When we went out to walk the dog they also brought the remote control car that their son got for Christmas, and boy was it fast! I caught a few races – car vs child and before you knew it the toy car disappeared into the distance.
Even though it was only a two hour documentary family photoshoot, I managed to capture their personalities and create photographs that they will enjoy for many years.