Below are a few of my favorite shots from a 1st communion shoot I did a couple of weeks ago.
I must say that I thoroughly enjoy working with children. It is fun to observe them just being. When working with children I try to extract their natural personality vs. posing them extensively. Many times children will naturally land in a pose that with just a little coaching from you makes for a near perfect composition. The little girl featured in the images below was so sweet and such a joy to work with. She loved exploring the environment and I enjoyed chatting with her about what she saw, how she felt, etc. Letting children be themselves and letting them lead the way relaxes them and gains their trust and comfort with you enabling you to more successfully capture their true essence.
Little girls are especially fun to work with for first communion shoots because they are in their fancy dress, sometimes a veil, a headpiece, special jewelry, and they just feel like little princesses. It almost takes me back in time to when I got to twirl around in my dresses and feel like a princess.
The one thing I think it is important to stress is that one should never lose their style and artistic flair when photographing children or any subject. It is important to stay true to ones style and vision. After all, isn’t that why you were hired? It is important to satisfy your clients and ensure that you have the expected, traditional shots, for example the praying hands for a first communion, but once that is achieved, move to your work flow and capture your subject in the way you are most comfortable.
I used Topaz Labs for my black and white conversions and used vignettes or borders to create a more ethereal/vintage appeal.
Sweetly calming and inviting.
Thanks so much Sally!
This is lovely!!
Thank you Sabrina!
Thank you Sabby!
Thank you Levi!
Gorgeous post, Robyn. R
Thank you very much Rob!
Truly, a lovely set for the family and your style and vision definitely carry over. Beautiful natural photos Robyn.
A heartfelt thank you Robyn!
You done yourself proud.
Thank you Don!
Stunning work, Robyn! Those last two shots just blew me away..beautiful and dreamy!
Thank you Susan. The last two were my favorites too.
Thank you very much Shari!
Robyn, these photographs are stunning. They’ll be treasured even more as the girl becomes a woman, and then a mother herself. I hope you’ll be the photographer who takes her graduation, wedding, and her children’s first communion pictures.
Your instructions and advice about working with children would make a wonderful article.
Marylin, I am close to tears! Thank you for your beautiful and very, very kind words. I would love to be the photographer to follow this little through her life and capture each of her special moments. XO
What a precious little one, and you did such beautiful work with her, Robyn.
Thank you Lisa! So much!
Thank you my dear Nita!
These are beautiful. I think you have found a niche Robyn
Thank you ever so much Nora!
Great work, Robyn! I especially like the B/W ones 🙂
Thanks Chris…my favorites too!
Some great shots, Robyn!
Your sensitivity beyond the expected poses comes right through. The next-to-last is my very favorite.
a whole successful series
Such beautiful photos ~ you capture the essence of this beautiful girl, a wonderful series Robyn.
Thanks so very much Randall!
So very precious.
I really love your black and white conversions. That vintage feel really suits these photos.
Thanks so much, Cardinal!