I always know a family portrait session will go well when one of the kids starts out by wanting to show me a trick, and that was exactly how it went for the Tougas’ Candid Fremantle Family Photography session earlier this year. We met in front of New Edition book store, on High Street, and the boys kicked it off by jumping off of park benches and pulling funny faces at me and my camera. Where I often spend the first half-hour of a shoot making friends with the kids, these little ones weren’t worried in the slightest! It was the best start that I could imagine.
But what is Candid Family Photography?
Candid photography is all about trying to capture moments as they are, unscripted and without directing specific poses. Showcasing those honest, real and raw moments is exactly what drew me to photography in the first place!
I like capturing people’s personalities, I like telling a family’s story (or a couple’s or a business’s) one frame at a time. I aim to take photos that you can look back at and feel like you’re truly seeing yourself, in all the best ways. This is especially important when photographing families, when your kids are constantly changing and growing and revealing different facets of their personalities. So I encourage the madness, I try to get a moment with each of you, to ask questions or crack jokes while my camera shutter works tirelessly.
Of course, I’ll always work with you to get that shot that you can put on the fridge and send to grandparents, of everyone looking and smiling at the camera, but we won’t stop there!
Documentary family photography is about capturing your family as they are, not just the happy moments. It’s about the frustrations at younger siblings, the laughter, the cheeky antics and the absolute horror of parents who try to steal a lick of your ice-cream!
Fremantle Family Photography
My biannual trips home to Australia never feel right unless I’ve had the chance to do a shoot in Fremantle. Luckily, Fremantle makes the perfect backdrop for Candid Family Photography. Fremantle’s old streets are filled with character while the beach is an easy walk away. There are endless different backgrounds to play with, especially for little people who get bored rather easily.
The Tougas kids had a ball running away from waves at Bathers Beach, rolling down grass hills at the Esplanade and jumping off of stairways in front of heritage buildings. Not to mention, Kuld Creamery made for the perfect spot to pause as they eagerly ate ice-cream that quickly melted all over little faces and hands.
The evening I spent with Bec, an amazing stylist and the woman behind Object Union, her husband, Mike, and their three rumble-tumble kids was seriously lovely. And hopefully, they love looking back at these photos as the years go by, remembering these moments frozen in time.
Why You Should Invest in Family Photos
If you can, I really encourage you to invest in candid family portrait sessions with a photographer who you trust and whose work you connect with. Whether you shoot at home, your favourite park or cafe, or wherever else your family loves to spend time together! Personally, whenever I rediscover old photos of my brothers & I, it always brings on a hit of heady nostalgia and gratefulness for our wild childhood. I just wish we had more photos with all 6 of us, because Mum & Dad were always behind the camera!
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