Carolyn Bentum Photography
Toronto, Ontario Canada
Having spent a couple of years as a kindergarten teacher, prior to launching my photography business full time, has really come in handy when working with young families. As a mom of two little boys myself, I know first hand just how difficult it can be to get kids to cooperate for an activity that might not have been of their choosing. My approach to family photography has always been to try and connect with the children as quickly as I can before I pull out my camera. Then after we've had a little time to chat or play I use those kindergarten teacher tricks to get them to relax and have fun while we shoot. I find when the kiddos are helping to make the decisions or participating in some fun and playful shots between the ones that I know Mom and Dad really want for their walls and albums, I am able to get them on board for everything we need to do. This particular family are repeat clients (love, love, love it when my clients come back for more :) ). I knew from their previous session that the key to winning over the girls attention and getting genuine smiles was lots of silly faces and fun things to do. I always start off every session with some action, the family walked for a bit first along the trails on this beautiful lakefront property and then I brought the girls over to the log and had them do a couple of frames of them jumping. When I felt they were needing a change of pace we walked over to a grove of perfectly red maples and had the girls tossing the leaves about (and at Mom and Dad too :) ). When shooting a family I try to capture a combination of snuggly, action, classic and of course a few fun shots. I love how well the two takes on the family hug turned out - all smiles and then playfully covering their eyes from Mom and Dad's kiss.
As for me, I'm an engagement and lifestyle photographer from Toronto, Ontario who strives to get at the heart of my clients' stories and capture their special moments in photographs. Three words I use to describe and guide my photography are: fresh, authentic and emotional. I love getting to know all of my couples and families and to collaborate together to come up with creative ways to portray who they are and to tell their stories so that they will be able to share these memories with those they love and cherish the most.