I believe that it is in the most ordinary moments of life that kids are really themselves. To photograph these little instants is something you can and should do for your own family.
When I photograph families, whether on a documentary or a more typical session, even though the parents are the ones who hired me, my mind is on the kids. It is mainly for them that I photograph, because in the future, I know they’ll be the ones who will appreciate them the most. I know this, because that is exactly what happens to me today, when I look at those old pictures from my childhood.
And my favorite moments to photograph are those most ordinary of the family life, like getting the kids dressed and ready, the meals, or even when kids simply go to the bathroom. I believe that in those situations is when their personality becomes more evident and the result are the photographs that will be most cherished in the future.
For instance, the expressions they make when they don’t like the food and even try to reject it, or when they love it and eat it very enthusiastically; when they go to the toilet and just can’t keep still, they start messing with stuff at their reach, get distracted, and some even fall asleep.
To photograph these situations the most important thing is to be prepared.
As a photographer that accompanies the family in their everyday life, a big part of my work is preparing and anticipating those quick instants. I observe the kids behaviours, I understand the space, and position myself for the best composition and light, to be ready for when it happens.
Here, the parents, have a huge advantage. You know your kids better than anyone and know when they make those expressions and gestures, you know what triggers them. So, you just need to be alert and shoot at the right time. And if it doesn’t work, you know you can try again later, because those situations keep repeating.