The other weekend I headed off to Sheffield Botanical gardens to spend some time with the MacInnes family.
What I love about photographing children, especially young children, is how it just doesn't work for me to have an agenda. When I do, things quickly unravel. The best thing to do is just turn up and capture whatever this small human wants to show me of who they are in that moment, without adult ideas of what makes a 'good' or 'proper' photo, or a 'good' or 'proper' child. Sometimes it's a story of curiosity that they want to tell, sometimes a tale of shyness, other times it's focussed concentration. Well with this young man of Nathan and Jo's it was the unbridled joy of being alive. Delight poured out of him all afternoon, beaming out of his face ... and to top it off he was very generous with it too. Each photo you see of him looking straight into the camera would be quickly followed by him tumbling into my arms for a hug, completely halting the photographic process but melting my heart so that I couldn't mind one bit. It's very hard not to fall completely in love with such behaviour!
It was utterly delightful hanging out with the MacInneses for an afternoon. Much love to you all.
And then Nathan took the camera to capture a couple of me and my new beau ...
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