What does is mean for a family session to use a “child led” approach? It means that the main focus during your session with me will be connection. We will naturally allow for the child to play and run and explore in their environment in a way that lights them up and makes them excited about having their photo taken. This means that when your little one shows me a flower they just found that I can capture their beaming expression of wonder as it unfolds. This means that when they see an opportunity to run around that they feel the freedom to do so. Children naturally shift moods when they are placed in a “yes” environment and I strive to make each session with me feel this way for them. Another benefit of this is that that if we have had a day full big emotions (like we all do sometimes!) and those emotions make their way into our time together that we can take a few moments to breath or sing their favorite song to get us back on track. So often, parents may feel like their family has to “be perfectly presentable” for their photographer. Using this approach is my reminder to my clients that we are all humans experiencing life at different angles. My goal is to photograph any emotions that may arise in our time together.
A few tips to create a child led session together: