I’m a Bromley family photographer and I love natural photography. I don’t like forced smiles or poses and I believe that the best shots come out when people forget about the photographer and start being themselves. Creating intimate situations is very important in my sessions: children playing hide and seek, reading their favourite books with mum, dad telling jokes that make everyone laugh etc.. is that simple! Familiarity makes people feel good and safe and this will be shown on the pictures.
…and this is my story about my newborn photography:
When you become a photographer, you are not really sure about what you’re good at and where your true potential lies until you start really testing yourself.
When I first started my photography journey, I wanted to please customers and try my hand at everything (still life, commercial, family photography, newborn, weddings etc). I also tried to emulate other people’s work, especially in Newborn photography.
I wanted to offer my clients those perfect images of babies that you see all curled up and beautiful, perfect in every detail, so much so that they look unreal. So I bought some gorgeous props, spent some money on training and I did a few sessions. But after each session, I realised that I was never satisfied, that there was something missing and that something was me!! There was nothing of me in it. I had tried to work in areas that did not suit what I am and did not fit with my natural style. It was all too static and I felt that it didn’t belong to me. Instead, I woke up to the fact that what I love is action, energy, emotions, and movement. I am good at candid shots, at documentary and street photography.
So I have finally decided to move away from posed newborn photography to offer a type of session that reflects me. Lifestyle! Babies crying or yawning, babies moving their legs, wiggling their feet! Parents singing a song or cuddling their children. And yes, now finally I look at these pictures and I recognise me.
There is no point in forcing yourself to be something that you are not. I think that photography is a form of art where the photographer uses a style that matches their personality to capture moments. And now I know that those moments can be captured in so many different ways, I’m ready to finally put myself in my photographs!!
If you want to see more of my work go to www.piccolinophotostudio.com. Here some of my images!