Portraits of Kids in Kimono

Posing in the garden the children hug each other

Posing in the garden the children hug each other

I was hired to shoot a portrait of a three and a five year old siblings dressed in traditional Kimono recently. The family and I agreed the best place would be at home because of the length of time and care needed to dress the children. When I arrived, I noticed the neighbors garden was back-lit and glowing. After doing a location scout, I realized the best spot was out in the front of the house. The resulting images from that area produced a nice start to the shoot, in what looked like a traditional Japanese garden and not a suburban street.

Young girl looks back at her Mom during the portrait shoot and smiles

Young girl looks back at her Mom during the portrait shoot and smiles

We then set up our portable studio in the games room, a process that only takes about 5-10 minutes to be ready for photos. The beauty of shooting at home is that the subjects- especially children are much more comfortable in their own environment. The ability for the family to ‘hang out’ and encourage the children is really valuable. I think that the images we got show the natural atmosphere that was present.

Brother and sister look off in different directions - spontaneous moment during shoot

Brother and sister look off in different directions - spontaneous moment during shoot

This was one of those special moments that happen from time to time- a thoughtful pause in the conversation perhaps, I now don’t recall. This shot stood out from the take as a cool expression and happy accident that I really love. Its good to be ready to shoot even when you and your subjects think you are done!

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