When I first connected with Chandni of “mominthebay” fame, we hit it off instantly in terms of the creative liberty she gave me to do this shoot. Going with the flow always gives us the best kind of images. Chintan, Chandni and little Raj are absolute family goals and I was really excited to be a part of their precious journey of going from three members to four, very very soon! Hope you like the images below :)
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Traveled all the way to Mumbai to capture Little Bodhi’s newborn phase. His celebrity parents were absolutely adorable to work with. Take a look at the moments below.
Here’s a glimpse of a Toddler shoot we shot recently at the client’s residence. Just doing her own little things, running around the house, little A was full of energy and enthusiasm. Take a look!
Have been capturing little S from when he was 3 months old. Met him every 3 months to mark each of his milestone in his first year! Here's some of the moments from his big day when he turned 1 :)
And then Ace tennis player Sheetal + Cricketer Robin Uthapa's little bundle of joy arrived! Take a look at some of the moments I captured between them. I am thrilled to have got an opportunity to work with this family. Humble, fun and soooooo adorable these three <3
Lil M traveled from Mysore to Bangalore for her sitter session with her awesome parents! Little did I know I'd be making a sweet new friend in a matter of seconds into the shoot. I don't want to say too much because the images show it all.
It was amazing to see her parents just have a simple conversation with her to elicit those smiles!
Sitter sessions are best done when your little one has just learnt to sit independently (typically 8 months+). They can be done either indoors or outdoors or a combination of both.
When mommy S emailed me for a shoot, she didn't mention her adorable pets at first. Only closer to the date did I know that she has two adorable shitzus. Now I don't have the same amount of experience with pets as I do with babies but little did I realise they're the same as little toddlers who want to be around their parents at most times.
I very boldly suggested that we split the shoot with expecting mom + dad first, and then include her pets. And as most pet owners would already know, they refused to keep any distance. They would wander and find a comfortable spot in every frame of mine. All I had to do was adapt, get their attention too and voila! Every image was personalised beautifully :) What made this a whole lot easier was that this couple was extremely comfortable in front of the camera, making up for all the magic ingredients these image contain :)
As expected, every image had multiple subjects bringing so much life to them and of course, Love! The more shoots I do with pets, the more I want them in my frame. They're crazy, unpredictable and absolutely adorable just like my babies!!
What excites me more is when her baby Boy is all grown up and is interacting with her pets - now that's gonna be a whole lotta love to deal with.
I reached out to Mommies C + A, having worked with them before, to lend me their babies for a shoot! They are babies no more, but walking, talking smart little toddlers who were my stars for the day. I just wanted to capture the innocent interactions between two boys meeting for the second time (First time doesn't count cos they were one year old then).
When the mommies met, each one picked up the other mom's child, so the boys disliked each other instantly. However, when we began the shoot, we kept placing them together in the same frame and slowly each one took the initiative to make peace. The images below are more than just heart-warming. Its adorable how they reacted to the various factors such location, plants around them, their outfits (which were coincidentally matching!!!!) and my call-outs.
I'm always doing Model-calls for experimental shoots and if you want to lend me your baby for a day, pleaseeee drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org with your mini's images. And pretty please, give us time to get back to you!
I consider myself lucky to meet this little cutie. Having met his parents from their Baby shower and Maternity Shoot days, I was waiting to see him until we did his 6th month shoot! A complete natural in front of the camera, this cutie patootie looks right into my lens and smiles effortlessly. At 12 months, this only got better!
K + G hosted a car-themed birthday party for Avyaan's 1st and he was the friendliest host being carried around and kissed by all his guests without any fusses!
Hope you like the images below!
When Ranjith and Priya reached out to me for their twins' shoot, I went over and met them to see the kids and plan the shoot out. I must say that she is the most chilled out mom (to twins) I had met in a while. She made the job of raising twins seem so easy and with experience, I knew it wasn't! And then I realised, she's just a supermom in disguise and someone I wanted to be like when I have kids!
The two teletubbies were a breeze to work with because we did the right things at their age. Being toddlers, they don't like being carried too much, so we completed all the family portraits at the beginning and then we put them down to run around and explore the resort! All my poses were centred around 'fun'. It would have to be around a playful action so the kids naturally enjoyed it and there were no forceful smiles. Towards the end, P + R were a little tired and so were the kids, so we got them to sit down and eat (which is where you will see them seated, smiling and posing for the camera with so much ease).
Toddlers are just so much fun to capture if you ensure they have a good time and you work around their needs! If you don't, well, you better know how to handle toddler tantrums ;)
Location: Taj Fisherman's Cove, Chennai
This dimpled baby had me at one smile! Yep, that's all it took! <3
It's all about the timing with them! 6months is a pretty tricky age to capture if you don't understand what a baby likes/dislikes.
Luckily for us, M here was pretty clear she wanted a good shoot done. Just plain ol' conversation was enough to make her smile, laugh and jump with excitement!
She clearly told us she didn't enjoy tummy time as she crossed that phase a week or two ago. She was now raising herself up on all fours as seen in the image below. I loooove how babies have such clear communication!
Here's to M's second half being cute-r, naughtier and happier than ever!
Its one thing to be carefree as a child, its another thing to be raised by carefree, happy parents. The pressure to raise a child well is monumental no doubt, but I absolutely loved the relaxed and free ambience B + V created for their little boy.
Poses were not so much for the camera but an opportunity to cuddle with their cutie genuinely. Encouraging him every step of the way, these three were so much fun to work with. And Arjun, well, you and I will both agree he is an absolute charmer! <3