Recently, I got the chance to photograph one of my favorite subjects again. Chanelle! In case you don’t remember, here she is.
The first time I photographed her was for her mother to submit images to some child modeling agencies. We had such fun! She’s excellent at following directions and she even entertained me with some songs from the Moana soundtrack. It was the cutest thing. I was able to capture some really adorable images of her. If you missed that blog, click here to read it.
During that last session, Chanelle’s mother and I discussed us doing something special I was planning. As I have mentioned previously, I am moving toward including styled sessions for children. I mean, adults get styled sessions, why not children? I’m really into fine art and I thought it would be great to make some fine art portraits of the children I photograph. Slowly but surely, my work has been moving in this direction, so now I’m just making it official. There will be two options to choose from. You can style your child with their clothes or I can. Either way, we will have fun!
When I met little Chanelle, she was 3. As you all know, children grow pretty quickly and it had been a few months since our last session. Since I had to order a dress for her, I figured the size 4 we thought would fit, might not. The size 5 fit perfectly, just like it was made for her. Prior to the session, her mother showed her the dress and crown and she said they were beautiful and couldn’t wait to wear them. In fact, when she got to my studio she asked me, “Can I have the dress now?” Someone was a little impatient.
Below are a few images from the session with Chanelle. The dress and crown she is wearing are from TrishaScully.com. They have some absolutely beautiful dresses and accessories.
One thing you have to remember when you are working with young children is that their attention span can be extremely short. Also, they have no problem telling you what they do or do not want to do. You have to be prepared for that. Some children can be full of drama too. We had an incident with Chanelle on my faux swing. All she had to do was sit still while I photographed her but she kept slipping off. As you can see, I was able to get the shot but she made me work for it. We took several breaks too because she was tired but she wasn’t too tired to explore my studio and other areas. I just loved her inquisitive nature. And of course, we had Moana playing on the tv to keep her entertained. Just to grease the wheels, mom brought some special snacks if she got a bit restless. For the most part, it was rather easy to photograph Chanelle. I even let her jump and twirl because what little girl doesn’t want to twirl in a long dress?
I so love these images! I can’t wait to create more! Also, these would look awesome on the walls in their home. What do you think?
“Children are great imitators. So give them something great to imitate.” ~ Anonymous