I very rarely shoot families anymore – only by request and for clients that I’ve had longstanding relationships with. This is my second time out with this crew and as expected it was as quaint and homey as I had hoped for. It’s funny, but I’ve found that ever since Jas and I had our first child almost 9 years ago, watching the way in which children move and the way their moods fluctuate and spin has become a constant exercise for me. I watch the way the light catches on their eyelashes, the way they go from tears to laughter in the turn of a second, and the way they will always respond most sincerely to being a place that makes them feel safe and thus happy. I think that’s why I love photographing children in their own homes, on their own turf. There is something so much more sincere about the images that are created: a romp in the garden, a snack in the raspberry patch, a cuddle on the lawn. That’s really what it’s about – what we, as parents, want to remember from these fleeting days of small-dom. I’m honoured when a client asks me back year after year to catch these times as they fly by – I love that I can freeze a memory for them to return to again and again in the years to come. Tomorrow he’ll be big, out on his own, but for today he’s 3. Enjoy it folks, it goes so fast.
Childrens portraits Vancouver BC | Acken Studios copyright