So in love

This family…always so in love with each other. Also so willing to be connected and share the peculiarities, the nuances, the silliness of their life as a family with me, with the camera. Always so dedicated to their boy and the documenting of his childhood. And always letting he and I continue to develop our relationship together which is also a thing of real beauty for both the image quality and the human quality…

Here’s some owen through the ages…2010, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015

A little bit slower

I had the opportunity lately to attend a 3 day workshop with some remarkably talented women. I learned and listened and experienced. We came together to sift through all the different ways that people run their business and conduct their sessions. It made me think about so many aspects of my business. It’s hard to believe but this is the 15th year for Libby Lewis Photography. I’ve really fine tuned my sessions and my business to work for both me and my clients. It was refreshing to spend so much time with other accomplished working professionals. It clarified areas where I could challenge myself and also ways of shooting and presenting that might be interesting for my clients. One of the areas that I’ve thought about was the actual sessions. My sittings are usually pretty outgoing affairs – fun, funny, spirited adventures.  I was wondering what it would be like to slow that down a bit…to spend a little more time doing slower activities, in the home, slightly more scripted but less directed (if you know what I mean). I love the outcome…the number of different expressions and opportunities. But I also missed the interaction, the fast pace. And I also loved the clarity that it gave me into my style…in branching out I was able to give myself words for what it is that I do regularly so that I could compare it to what I was presently doing. I don’t know if this experience will ultimately be something that I’ll offer or incorporate but I do know that the stretch was invaluable.

Hello Spring

It’s not just about 3 things I love coming together – spring, childhood and client friends….but when it happens it feels kind of magical.

Hello 6!

Hands down 4-7 is my favorite age. They’re silly, they’re unselfconscious, they’re fun to be around, up for adventure and they can keep up with the jokes. Photographing them is every bit as exciting. I welcome their selves and the uniqueness of their personalities. It’s very rare that their rambunctiousness is naughty…usually its either an interaction or a reaction and both of those things are what I live for. I can wait for it, that making proud moment when they see you laugh or you make them laugh. There is a special way that this age is silly and once they age up just a little bit it’s gone.

The weekend

Last year this family met me at their favorite park and brought their bikes which are a big part of their lives. We explored their haunts and trundled around on their bikes. This year they wanted to celebrate their new home and the things that happen there in the rainy winter weekends of Seattle. And so we explored their indoor spaces and tromped around on the sofa. I found myself seeing the moments that in 10, 15 years would be sweet memories for the parents and unbelievable for the kids….you used to always want to dress up, you used to let your brother twirl your hair, you always, you never….this is how we were, this is how we are.

hello newborn you

There are a number of different ways to approach newborn photography from the romantic to the clinical. I’m going for straight up…tiny baby, adoring parents, curious pets, eyes big with wonder (for both parents and bebe) and love…lots and lots of love.

Trust

There are a lot of variables in a photo session. There are the physical variables of the weather, the location, the family size. There are the emotional variables of the moods, the temperaments, the level of hunger and tiredness. These things can really impact the photos and the photo experience. But in my opinion there is one main deciding constant and that is the level of trust that you have in me and my work. I have worked with this family since their oldest was in his momma’s belly. We’ve gone all over for photos, they’ve been dressed up and dressed down. There have been plenty of crabby moods and hungry bellies. But it always works. And it’s because they trust me. They trust that despite all the crazy kookiness of me and of them there are going to be wonderful photos. They won’t all be perfectly posed, perfectly smiling, perfectly perfect but that’s not why they hired me. They know that I am working with them to create a slice of what is them right now and that I find them perfect…crazy kookiness included…tired, hungry, grumpiness included….sassy, silliness included. Trust.