At Home With Henry – South Wales Family Photographer
Henry’s no stranger to my camera. At the ripe young age of 16 months, he and I have spent time together at various points during his life, and shoots with him seem to consistently be a highlight for me. I can pretty much always count on three things during his sessions: tears, often due to a knock on the head (the emotional side effect of being a rough-and-tumble kind of boy); cuddles with Mom (see previous); and strange faces (look for how pleased he is about his yogurt face if you need an example).
This was the first fully-documentary session that Libby and I have done together, and I’m so pleased that this was able to happen. It was a whirlwind visit during a trip over to the UK in March and included a detour out to Monmouth before heading back to London. These trips happen 2-3 times a year at their current rate, and I’m usually able to squeeze a shoot or two in during each visit, so if you’re interested in having your family documented, then get in touch! But for now, back to Henry.
Everything about Henry is honest: his excitement; his joy; his consternation; his sadness. That’s what I love about children: there’s no hiding what they’re feeling. It’s all laid bare for anyone to see, if they care to watch for it.
Our time together was decidedly simple. Eat lunch (with great care, concentration, and mess). Play outside (and try with all available might to throw the ball over the fence. Repeatedly.). Have a bath (and discover the joy of airborne bubbles). Get dressed (with time for cuddles). Eat an apple (and get mad when Mom takes a bite, even though you offered her one). Get ready to leave (and find any possible activity in the house – including hiding and playing with the training toilet seat – that will allow for delaying this). That’s what I love about these documentary family sessions. There’s nothing complicated. It’s just real life in all its simplicity and hilarity.
Libby has a realistic, wry, non-helicopter approach to parenting that I just adore. Kids fall over. They like to hide. They do weeeeeeeeeeeird stuff. Sometimes they like to play outside or in the bath until there’s a distinctly blue tinge to their cheeks, but they’ll still get mad when it’s time to head inside or get out of the bath. Such is life. Laugh about it and keep going. Because those moments when they stop what they’re doing just so that they can wrap their chubby little arms around your neck and give you a tiny squeeze for the tiniest of seconds – those moments are breathtaking.
Here’s what I hope you’ll find to be an honest, heartwarming look into the life of a little boy and his mama.
I’m Ang – a documentary family photographer in Cornwall, Ontario with a passion for capturing light and photographing natural moments in life as they happen. My goal is to capture memories that you will cherish once your children are too grown up to curl into your lap for cuddles and the house seems oddly quiet at night. I love meeting new families in their natural environment and getting in amongst the bedlam so that I can document the perfectly imperfect realities of daily life. Please explore more of www.momentusstudio.com to see more examples of Cornwall, Sweden, England and Wales family photography.