Let the kids be the kids…

A couple of weeks ago I was invited to photograph two friends Erica and Yana. It was one of the most challenging but rewarding photo sessions I’ve ever had. First, I had to break the ice with each of them in its own way.  Secondly, It took me quite some time to figure out the best approach. I was trying to direct them at first, trying to engage them in conversation. But then I realized, the best thing would be to let them be the kids and do their own stuff. So I let go…I didn’t ask them to pose for me…at all. I was just watching them. When I left their place, I had mixed feelings about the session and I wasn’t sure I would be happy with the result. But after some editing, I think the result is beautiful.

Their moms did a great job putting everything together for the session. They prepared three different outfits. So we decided to start off with red&white&blue theme.

Here are the very first shots…Still breaking the ice…

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Family and children photographer Montreal

Family and children photographer Montreal

Family and children photographer Montreal

Family and children photographer Montreal

And now the fun part starts…

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Family and children photographer Montreal

Family and children photographer Montreal

Family and children photographer Montreal

Then we moved on to a green&yellow theme. They have this beautiful photo paper wall at Yana’s place. So it served us as a green backdrop.

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Family and children photographer Montreal

Family and children photographer Montreal

And of course, there was a fight…

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Family and children photographer Montreal

Family and children photographer Montreal

And some quiet time after the fight…

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Some feelings were hurt…

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And then there was peace again…

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Family and children photographer Montreal

Family and children photographer Montreal

Family and children photographer Montreal

Family and children photographer Montreal

Family and children photographer Montreal

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And then we got them change the outfits and let them relax and have their snack on a couch…while I was trying to get some nice close-ups…

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Family and children photographer Montreal

Family and children photographer Montreal

Family and children photographer Montreal

Family and children photographer Montreal

Family and children photographer Montreal

Family and children photographer Montreal

I had such a great time with this girls watching them laugh and play, fighting and laughing again. This is what the real friendship is….

Yours,

Irina:)