The Boatman’s Call Meets Film Noir

This winter photo session marks the first of 2020. Shot inside my daylight studio with natural light, two windows and a white wall. My inspiration for photographs often come from other art forms. Books, music, and films, especially. I liked the shadows coming through the blinds, reminding me of some of my favorite film noir movies: The Big Sleep, Touch of Evil, The Third Man, Double Indemnity, and The Maltese Falcon. I often ask models/clients to evoke a character or song. For this shot it was a mix of film noir as the setting and Nick Cave’s album, The Boatman’s Call as the subject. I like the resulting mood and tone. Who said sitting for a portrait has to be tedious or contrived?

Family Holiday Photos | Northampton Studio Photography

I’m a mother to two wild boys. 

So when these two siblings walked into my studio for holiday portraits, I knew I was right at home. Younger children are curious and on the move, which I understand and expect. I love this about them. 

I often feel like a portrait session is similar to improv. I work quickly to capture the poses I have in mind for the session and then allow the children to play, dance, and be as silly or as serious as they feel like being so a session is as fun and authentic for them as it is for me. 

One of my philosophies as an artist is to remain open and curious. I believe this motto helps me photograph children as they are now, so that we can make genuine photos that you will love.

A Modern Twist On School Portraits | Northampton Family Photographer

What comes to mind when you think of school portraits? Stiff poses, forced smiles, flashy looking light, or maybe color gradient backgrounds? I have a collection of pre-school through high school portraits of myself depicting that dated signature style. 

As a photographer and parent, I want to more for my children’s portraits. I want authenticity, connection, and timelessness. I want a beautiful portrait of my child, smiling or serious, whatever is real in that moment. 

I also want a local boutique service that parallels the cost and professional services of large corporations with a more personal approach.

This is why I started my Fine Art School Portrait service. I want you to cherish school photos the same way you cherish your family session albums and prints by giving you genuine portraits of your amazing children.

If you think my service is a good fit for your school, visit here to read more details. 

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