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maternity, family, baby, newborn, child, photography, cheltenham, gloucester, gloucestershire, cotswolds, oxford, swindon
maternity, family, baby, newborn, child, photography, cheltenham, gloucester, gloucestershire, cotswolds, oxford, swindon
  • Laura

The Photographer’s Child… (and the impossibility of photographing your own child)


…I do this professionally, it is my JOB to take good photos of babies and toddlers and yet when it comes to my own I am left slightly traumatised by the whole experience. Even when the little ones are less than ideal, are grumpy or decide that actually they would rather being doing anything but pose for a photo- it is fine! I am a pro, I still capture lovely photos of them.

Yesterday I had a wonderful shoot with gorgeous little Henry who smiled, laughed and generally just was the ideal client, we took some bubble bath photos (which are fab!) and I suddenly realised I had no bubble bath photos of Rose! Today is my day off so I thought I’d attempt to get a few of Rose being cute playing with bubbles and yet I ended up with an hour of me saying ‘Rose. Rose. ROSE. Drop that. Stop it, NO!!!!’ (imagine that on repeat for 60 minutes).

First she decided that she was terrified of the bubble bath… (?!) but that her dolly had to be thrown head first and drowned for a few minutes. Then my backdrop pulleys had to be thrown against the wall. Peekaboo was, for the first time ever, the worst game in the world and that standing on a very tall chair was better. Snot poured out of her nose, she wee’d on the floor, she pulled out all my props but wouldn’t let us use any. This child is 14 months old!

Photographer’s have a common joke… the ‘photographer’s child’. This child has a photographer for a parent but will not have their photo taken, I’m convinced however that it is the case for most children and for most parents (it just happens to annoy the cr** out of people who do it for a living!).

So my point is this…

THIS is why people pay me to photograph their children rather than do it themselves (well that and the obvious reasons- experience, skills, artistic flair, genius behind the lens etc…).

I capture moments in time that your child won’t let you capture. With help from my other half (he was the parent, I was the photographer)…

Without help from my other half (me being both parent, photographer and winding up rocking in a corner)…


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