I think it’s vital for photographers to get in front of the camera. There’s only one small issue with that idea – I can’t bear being photographed. I genuinely can’t stand it. My face freezes, I know my eyes go glassy, and I probably look like a rabbit in the headlights. However, as you might know from my ‘What’s My Style’ blog post, I’m obsessed with the importance of having a record of family life. I didn’t want to get to seventy years old and realise that I ran from all my own family pictures. I didn’t want to look back and not see myself as part of my precious little family unit.
So… when the amazing Utah based Jonathan Canlas was looking for ‘model families’ for his recent FIND (Film Is Not Dead) workshop in Surrey, I volunteered our services. If anyone was going to point a camera at us, they might as well be the best film family and wedding photographer in the world. That’s no exaggeration, have a look at his site. I trusted Jonathan completely and I’m so happy that I did.
The experience was fascinating, and I learnt a lot about how my clients feel when I’m photographing them. It’s so important to be able to put yourself in their shoes. Jonathan was amazing – clear and concise, and he directed us with a calm authority. He instilled confidence and brought the best out of us.
I will always treasure these images, thank you Jonathan.
PS: feel free to comment but be kind, haha!