A lot of of moms are baffled how to make great looking portraits of an energetic child. In Nate’s case the best thing we could do was use this energy in the portraits! This made them a one-of-a-kind experience!
Who: The Kilmers
Where they are from: Shawnee, KS
The session: Family Portrait/Child’s Portrait
What was unique about the person in the photograph? Nate really is a classic American boy. He loves Legos, Star Wars, origami, music and eating cake and doing stuff. He has energy to burn and likes to keep moving.
How we made our photography fit Nate: When I saw the Legos and origami paper, I’ll admit I was a little stumped how to make those work.
The photographs had to not just look like Nate but the had to FEEL like Nate.
It is so important to us find something about the unique spark in each of our subjects I just had to find a way to use these items come what may. So having a boy like Nate sit, pose and feel awkward instantly locks away his charm and personality. (Hint: It does for all boys and girls.) So before the session, I asked his mom to bring a couple of items that were dear to him. They could be anything. So Nate chose to bring origami papers and his favorite Lego toy.
It’s important to make the session not feel like a photography session to any child. It should feel like a structured play time otherwise they just don’t show that true essence.
Here is what Nate’s mom had to say about the session:
“If there’s one thing Glow Imagery does better than others I have worked with it is how they tell my family’s story and my story. I don’t know how Chris does it but his pictures evoke such emotions. They seem to delve deeper than the surface. To use origami and a toy like he did with my son Nate and to evoke something out of those props that says something about my son is really special to me. He seems so able to capture all those wonderful little expressions only Nate’s family knows. Chris has always taken the time to get to know a little more about us and the images end up showing that so wonderfully. After all that, I could never go to another photographer.”
Angee Kilmer, Shawnee, KS
Here’s some more of the image we came up with: