On a dull and dampened day, I met with Mum, Dad, little Isla and big dog Harley in a large wood in leafy Cheshire. The weather for family outdoor portraits can be a mixed bag, and it was no surprise that a wintry November day like this was any different.
I spent some time following Isla through puddles and muddy holes, but like most three-year-olds, she didn’t stop to consider posing- she was in her own world; full of vim and energy. Once we had ventured further into the lush mass of branches and leaves, she darted right into the middle of a mature rhododendron ring. At that moment, the lighting and position was just right, so I moved fast and crouched in front of her, firing off a couple of safety shots. And then the magic happened. She stared behind me at something fluttering in the trees. Glancing back, I noticed a couple of long-tailed tits had joined us in the clearing. These little chaps travel in gangs and don’t hang around for long so I knew I had to hold her attention to get the perfect shot. That’s when I had the idea…
“Shhhh…” I hushed, “There are fairies, can you see them?”
Her eyes widened and her mouth opened in awe. Click.
“Can you see them?” I whispered.
“Yes, yes,” she whispered back, “Do they die in the winter?” A look of wonder began to spread its way across her face.
“No, no, of course not. They live here.”
The sun had come out of hiding for a brief moment and I was ready in position, all the while weaving my magical tale. A slight breeze drifted through the copse, making her shiver, her crimson coat rippling in the wind. Her eyes, gazing up into the treetops, sparkled with childish marvel. At last I could break the spell; I had captured the fairy tale image I was looking for.
I love photographing kids for this very reason. It’s always worth the trouble to wait, observe and be ready to capture that perfect candid moment.
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