True story: Macy's first experience with a professional photographer at three months old started with her pooping on a prop, breastfeeding half way through the session, and ended with a lovely bang -- uncontrollable crying.
I emailed Ashley the fun little questionnaire below. Have a looksy to learn more about her tricks of the trade for capturing kids in that picture-perfect moment.
My favorite kind of subject to photograph is ________ because ______.
Children!! Anyone who has been around children knows the funny and unexpected things they say or do that will make you crack up for hours or the sweet actions that make your heart melt. These are the moments I like to catch on camera, and doing so isn’t something I can ask of a child—it just happens naturally. Because of this, my sessions with children are all about playing and having fun.
My favorite photo I have ever taken is:
Oh, to pick just one. While this picture isn’t the most artistic photo I’ve taken, I chose it because of how much her mother loved her daughter's “fishy face” in the picture. I’m so proud that my process involves really getting to know my clients, because that’s what helps me capture the special moments that are most meaningful to them.
I knew I wanted to be a professional photographer when:
I couldn’t stop thinking about the next great picture I was going to take. When something happens in life or there is a beautiful view, the first thing I think of is, “where is my camera?” When I realized I was doing this I became a photography sponge and I haven’t looked back since….
The one word that best describes my photo sessions:
Candid or Posed?
Candid pictures are by far my favorite. Poses have their place, but if I had my choice I would take candid pictures all the time. The one time you will hear my camera continuous clicking is when I get a family or a child to laugh. Those smiles cannot be recreated.
Indoors or Outdoors?
I love to tell “secrets” to children. The secret can be anything from telling them we are tricking their little brother or sister and I need their help to make them smile, or that we are going to surprise mom and dad by jumping on their backs. I could go on and on—most of these secrets or tricks are very spur of the moment for me and are not really something I plan. And in every photo session, the way I interact with children is based off of their individual personalities.
Black and White or Color?
I am all about some color. I love bright, vivid colors in pictures—it is part of my style as a photographer. Black and whites have their place when showing emotion or when the color just isn’t right, but I always tell my clients to wear brightly colored clothing and I love snapping away against a brightly colored background.
My #1 tip for summer vacation photos: