I think photographers like chefs sort of start off with something safe in the beginning. Not wanting to rock the boat too much or risk criticism from conventional tried and true flavours. After all, while we love photography, we have to pay bills therefore it’s important to find a balance of artistic creativity and yet meet our clients expectations.
There seems to be an established school children photography style that are prescribed over the years…. like “This is how you make a shepherd’s pie. Don’t you mess with it!”. When we first started out, we sure felt like that young chef Linguini in Ratatouille movie. Timid and shy but having big ideas. Unlike that movie, we had some pretty amazing clients that saw our artistic vision and gave us “wreckless” permission to shoot however we want. Over time we evolve and hopefully like any good chefs… for the better!
So here we are, our continuation of tweaking school children portraits. Disrupting where we can. Testing the lighting boundaries (and patience!). This year’s school shoot has a bit of an edge to it because we feel that the photos should resonate with the subjects. After all we never have and never will fake it with ridiculous smudgy backdrops. We are Veritas Images. Truth in Image.