Portrait-it`s all about the soul.

There are many ways to portray a person. It can be a classical headshot, and it can be a situational image where more than the head is shown. A person portrayed can be dressed in their best clothes and seated in front of a calm backdrop, and it`s fine, too. Me? I believe in portraying the personality rather than just facial features. I believe in character and soul, lurking through the eyes, hiding in the corner of the mouth, frozen in a gesture. At the end of the day, personal preferences is all that matters, but I think , when I look at the portraits of my girls in 20 years` time, I`ll see them just the way they were, and I `ll remember those exact moments and feelings. And I can`t think of anything more important when it comes to photography.

Outdoors: a day in Kew Gardens

This happened in October, when the colours of nature are captivating and crazily rich. The air was warm with a hint of approaching chill, and the sunshine didn`t let down.

We went to London`s Kew Gardens, which I personally consider one of the most beautiful places that exist in urban environment. I was photographing my family, as I always do, leisurely, without pressure, soaking up the magnificence around us. The girls were happy and relaxed, and so were I. A walk among the trees-my idea of perfection, in every weather, in any temperatures.

I didn`t think about publishing these photographs then, as I was chilling out with my family at the time, but I think this sort of activity is a great idea for a family photoshoot. Now, if only there was another photographer with us then, to actually  include ME in pictures as well…:)

Lensbaby part III. More of black and white.

As promised, more of b&w images taken with Lensbaby Composer Pro and Sweet 35 optics.

Lifestyle and newborns.

A friend has asked me recently why I don`t offer “newborn shots”. She made clear what sort of photographs she meant-all those cute  babies , angelically posed in curled positions, adorned with tiny wool hats or flowery headbands, plopped in wicker baskets on pastel coloured blankets. I thought then, that I should address this matter here  because truth is, I DO offer newborn shots. Only I think of them as general family shots that fall under my “LIFESTYLE” cathegory. You see, I don`t believe in props and cutesy paraphernalia. When my first daughter was born, 6.5 years ago, I was still just fiddling with a camera, treating people as nuisance in my photography rather than objects. There was nothing worse than a human in my frame, be it on a Greek island holidays or on a walk in the countryside. Slowly, however, over the years Nina taught me that a human in my frame is actually what makes it valuable. When her sister arrived back in 2013, I was embracing photographing people close to my heart. And both my girls have plenty of photographs from when they were little….but not even for a moment did I think: “Right, I`ll just buy some props and take photos of her in them while she is still so tiny and cute”. Motherhood exhaustion had nothing to do with it. I just never felt it was something I wanted to do. I thought then, and I think now, this sort of photography tells nothing about the child. To me a newborn baby in a basket, with a headband, in beautiful pastels around, is just a baby, anybody`s baby. It`s a “blank” baby that , if she or he could have any say in it, would definitely not agree to be photographed like that. Just look at toddlers-not many of them agree without a fight to put on a fancy hat and costume, and stand still in front of a background while being photographed.

Instead, I `d rather have them being themselves-the helpless, yet so utterly charming little human beings that have just come to this world and become part of our lives with all the screaming and grimacing. I want to show them just like they are every day, in their natural surrounding, in normal situations,  and in the arms of their parents and siblings. In years to come, I am sure a set of lifestyle images depicting those first days and weeks in a family will be more treasured than an artificially staged “blank baby”.

So, go ahead. Have yourself a magic of welcoming a new baby in your family without the stage.

Lensbaby part II. Colour.

Although I like b&w conversion most, especially with the lensbaby, sometimes colour works equally well. And sometimes it seems the only good choice. Everything depends on the situation, the light, the moood-with Nina`s armchair portrait (in pink top), I naturally converted the file to b& w as well, but it`s the colour version that evokes most emotions to me. I guess what I want to say is, lensbaby won`t disappoint.

Lensbaby mon amour. B&W part I.

I didn`t want to start this post with the words: ” I love Lensbaby”. But, I do love my lensbaby. From the very first moment I took it out of the box, around 9 months ago. It`s not an easy love, in fact, it`s a very demanding partnership! But in all honesty, if I was to get  rid of the my lenses but one, my Composer Pro + Sweet 35 would be the one to stay. I cannot efficiently express my feelings towards the images it helps me to create, so I`ll let them speak for now….in this post, a selection of monochrome phptpgraphs from the last months, taken with Composer Pro and Sweet 35 optics.

A walk in the woods

It was Christmas Eve day this past December, and we were spending that time with my family back in western Poland. I took both my daughters and my two nieces for a walk in nearby woods at the lake. There was sadly no snow, but the sun was making up for it quite efficiently.

It`s nothing special, but I love coming back to these pictures.