I ran a competition while I was away last year, and the prizewinners were three families drawn to be photographed by me. Ant, Cilla, Alani and Maya were one of those families.
I’m really so pleased by the depth in the images we achieved, and on reflection now I can see that something must be working in this mysterious process I have! I tell all of my families that I don’t know what we’re going to get, that it’s going to be a leap of faith for all of us. I had spoken with Cilla on the phone a two or three times in the leadup, but I had not yet met the other family members. I think I rather like to do it this way, because then when we meet, it’s very fresh and new.
I remember when we met up initially at the Canberra Yacht Club. I met Ant and Cilla first and then looked down to these two smiling faces looking up at me. What adventures will we have, I thought.
Alani, the elder of the two is just such a honey. She befriended me very quickly and we set about capturing her energy running around the space and enjoying her family. Maya was a little more mysterious and this I found to be particularly fascinating. At times she had the depth of soul of an old woman, at other times the impish delight of the three year old that she is. Delightfully, towards the end of the session (when often the most telling images come) she told us all about how she is called Sally, how she owns a shop in Cooleman Court and her husband Charlie was away on business. Too good. I mean really.
This is what it’s all about for me. I’ve been working on this style of people imagery for a good 18 months and I feel now it’s really beginning to come together. I just love it and it’s thanks to people like Ant and Cilla that will say, all right, let’s have a go, that this work gets done.
Thank you so much Ant, Cilla, Alani and Maya for allowing me in, we captured something beautiful.
I’d love to hear your thoughts on these lovely images, feel free to comment.