I consider myself to be pretty damn lucky really.I live in a beautiful country. I have a very loving family. I live very near to the beach. And this wee person lets me use her to shoot some beautiful beachside portraits - pretty much whenever I ask her to.
If you've had a snoop around my website (or if you haven't - go HERE and you'll get a pretty good idea of what I'm all about!), you'll know that I don't go for the 'smile at the camera' type of family photography. I like the messy face, windy hair, catch you as you are type of photography. The type of family photography that gives you much more than just a photo - but something that gives you a real feeling for that wee person's personality. Which, let's face it - that's what we really want to remember. If you don't walk around in your Sunday best, smiling every second, pretending that you get on ALL the time - then why do you want a family photo like this?? It's not real!
Granted - in some of the below images, there has been a certain amount of direction from me (purely for my own creative sensibilities AND for the best light), but you can still tell that she's a pretty care free, often very smiley (and sometimes not!) spirited gorgeous girl. And THAT'S what I want to remember when I look at these images in 20 years time.
So go on, be true to yourself. True to your family. Get some real family portraits taken. Messy face, windswept hair and all.