Posted on March 1, 2016
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.
Posted on February 29, 2016
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…:)
Posted on February 28, 2016
Posted on February 26, 2016
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.
Posted on February 25, 2016
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.
Posted on February 25, 2016
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.
Posted on February 22, 2016
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.