Meet Anne, and Nicoline. They are the ladies behind Denmark’s popular blog called Mommy Blog. The two met while in the same mother group after having their boys and have been friends ever since. They write about everything from the very personal to beauty products, and child rearing. I have been a fan of the blog since I found it on Instagram, so I was super excited to do a lifestyle and children’s photography session with them, and their lovely boys August, and Arthur who are 3 years old.
Photographing boys from age 1-4 year is one of the hardest, yet most rewarding things I do. At this age, boys are simply running, climbing, jumping over everything. They. Don’t. Stop. They don’t listen, or if they do, they still have their own ideas about what they will and won’t do. They can be completely impossible. They are also creative, curious, and so, so sweet. Arthur decided that he wanted his truck with him on the day, and we couldn’t get him to put it down. I love that. It shows his personality and exactly who he is in this moment. When I photograph kids, I never want to force them to do something. (Sit down and smile at the camera, or put down that toy and play with this one. ) I simply let them lead, suggest we go here and there, and capture them as they are. Children’s photography sessions should not be stressful for the kids or mom and dad, it should be fun, for everyone.
On the day we had fun playing in the garden, and on the beach near Roskilde Fjord. The landscape provided the most beautiful autumn colors in red, gold, blue and browns. Those of you who have followed my blog, or know my style, know that I am not a fan of studio photos. Honestly they seem to be everywhere in Denmark. A child or two sitting in front of a white backdrop. But how boring and impersonal is that? Perhaps because the weather is so unpredictable and rainy especially in winter, so it makes sense to have a studio for photos. But Denmark is so beautiful, and the light is so special, and all children are different in their special way. I say, put the kids in warm clothes and lets go out and play. I hope you can see the difference in the finished products.