When I think of baby and children’s portraits I think of babies in bath tubs, boys in flat caps and those uncomfortable smiles and cheesy poses that should have gone out with the 80’s but yet they still haunt us to this day.
When I think of what I would like from a portrait of my children it is a quality picture that captures not only what they look like but who they are and where they are in their lives at that moment, a beautiful image that is just them. It’s a tall order but can it really be filled?
Well last year we took Elliott to see not only one of the most talented photographers I have ever met but also probably one of the nicest people you could ever wish to meet, Saraya Cortiville.
Capturing images of children is a tricky business, they never co-operate, they have the attention span of goldfish and quite frankly require the patience of a saint but none of this bothers Saraya and my goodness can the lady take a photo! Elliott ran around her studio, ate most of her raisins and at the age of 22 months was like a whirling dervish, I don’t think he sat still for more than 30 seconds at a time, This could have turned into the most stressful couple of hours with trying to get Elliott to sit on a spot, look here, put your arm there, don’t stick your tongue out, put that down, don’t touch, stop and most importantly SMILE! We had none of that, it’s not how Saraya works and quite frankly her pictures are all the better for it.
Now at the time of Elliott’s first session Sam was still millimeters in length and as soon as he was born we were off to Saraya within weeks to have her capture our new baby!
Let’s be completely honest, newborns don’t exactly do very much so in that session as well as images of Sam that melt my heart she also took more of my mischievous monster who remembered EXACTLY where Saraya kept those all important raisins — I have to add here that Elliott will only eat raisins when he is with Saraya, no idea why but if these magic powers extend to broccoli I’m going to ask her to move in!
Elliott by nature is shy with strangers, he can’t sit still, he doesn’t particularly like having his picture taken and he is full of energy and into everything. With Saraya he feels comfortable enough to be himself.
I’m August it was back off to see Saraya for a photos hoot with my friends 13-year-old daughter, Charlotte but we couldn’t resist asking her to take a few pictures of our Sam….well it would be rude not to!
I havent yet mentioned the quality of Saraya’s work….well lets be honest it SCREAMS for itself, she is so gifted its insane but if that isn’t enough then the number of extremely impressive awards she has won should tell you something
Will this be the last trip we take down to the studio – highly unlikely! I should accompany this review with a warning that Saraya’s pictures of your children are highly addictive and may be detrimental to your bank account – but oh so VERY worth it!
I can only include 4 pictures per blog post at the present time so I will have to add the images Saraya took of Sam on our last visit on a separate post, not something I would normally do but they deserve to be seen.
Please don’t just take my word for it, check out her website http://www.sarayacortaville.co.uk/ and for a gallery of her pictures view her Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/#!/PortraitPhotographyBarnet
If you are looking for the prefect gift for a parent then book their kids in come the new year and they are guaranteed to love you forever. The pictures we have of Elliott and Sam are ones we will always treasure because they really do seem to catch not only their faces but who they are and what is more precious than that!