This summer, I have experimented with adding video to my photoshoot flow. I mentioned this in a previous post, but today I would love to expand on how powerful the combination of both moving and still images is.
Jennifer and Zelda came to me specifically for this mommy&me session, and the stills are beautiful, but they're made much more so when coupled with the video. Seeing how they interact, the love in Zelda's eyes for her momma and how Jennifer embraces Zelda for who she is, is much more authentic in movement.
Part of the power of video is remembering what was happening during each still shot. This session was all about Jennifer and Zelda's relationship, but it's so much deeper than that. At one point, Jennifer asked Zelda, "What's your favorite color?" And Zelda replied, "Glitter." They laughed together and talked about it, and there's a lovely connection between Jennifer watching Zelda being who she is and Zelda feeling comfortable being herself. Existing in real time, unfrozen.
Robert, Renee, and beautiful Annalise presented another opportunity to try with video. Their session made me regretful that I didn't capture video with my own littles. They're six and five now, and I wish I remembered more clearly their waddling, baby walks or how big their cheeks grew as they smiled. In my head, I think I remember how they both would crack up with laughter, but I only have still images, so I can't be certain.
Annalise was so intrigued by the pinecones. They are pretty cool. As she grows up, Robert and Renee will have this video and these images to show her how much love there is in their family. Video to watch them play. Stills to keep for all of time. This age is preserved and celebrated.
Courtney and Charlie, how sweet this session was. There was a chance of rain, so we worked quickly, but the weather couldn't dampen the love between this momma and her little girl. Watching them spin and swing and play was precious. Charlie adores her momma, and Courtney adores her in return.
There's something so special about moms and daughters together - a different kind of relationship. Sons love their mommas, too, but her mom is who a daughter wants to grow up to be. Strong, smart, beautiful and kind. Seeing that in motion makes it all the more special.
These are just three examples of what I know will be many more to come - each special and unique to the families I work with. I cannot wait to see and video what the future brings!