Every fall and spring, Ella and Henry showcases their new kids fashions for the season during a Fashion Show at the store in New Canaan. This is also when I get to take super quick fashion portraits on the kids.
It's been a very busy weekend here at N. Lalor Photography. One of the events I look forward to every year is the Fall Fashion Show at the Ella & Henry kids clothing store in New Canaan. I have the privilege of taking the runway photos, and also Studio shots of all the outfits (which I set up for in the basement next to the changing areas.. yes, it's as glamorous as it sounds).
Rachel is 2 years old. She seems so much older and mature, and I guess that is why she is able to start modeling at such an early age. Rachel's Mom is also a photographer (she specializes in weddings), and as we talked, it became clear that what I do (the whole Studio photography thing) isn't as easy to replicate as I thought (because, hey, it's kinda easy for me). Even though I don't have any super-complicated equipment or setups, just having a dedicated space, a good light source, and the extensive experience with Studio portraits makes a big difference!
One of the most important factors to looking good on camera is being able to feel comfortable when someone is taking your photograph.Now, that is certainly easier said than done, because I know firsthand the terror and anxiety that comes with someone pointing a camera in my direction. And when you're a tween girl, or a Mom to a tween girl, you probably hear all sorts of things about photographers, modeling, and the uncomfortable situations that might result. I certainly get surprised when I hear some of the questions parents ask, because I come from a background of photographing families, babies, and kids.
Ella & Henry's Spring 2017 fashion show was a wonderful showcase of latest kids and tween fashion trends, including outfits from Steiff, bellybutton, Stella M'Lia, and Papermoon, and beautiful flower crowns by BOW&ROSE. I have the distinct pleasure of photographing the fashion show, but I also set up a mini-studio downstairs and take fashion portraits of the kids before and after the big event.
Every season, Ella & Henry children's clothing store in New Canaan imports all the best quality and most stylish kids clothes from Europe. These styles are revealed during the semi-annual fashion show. So, I take a few minutes before and after the show to capture portraits that really show off the outfits and accessories (seriously, check out those awesome headbands).
None of these kids are professional models, but they all did such a fantastic job walking the runway and posing for photographs! And some of these images will be decorating the walls of the store next month, so definitely stop by to see them in person. The clothes are from several companies: Steiff, Bellybutton, Paper Moon, and a local favorite Stella M'Lia, which are all such fantastic brands.
Oh, and if you've been thinking about buying outfits for a family photo session or a photoshoot of your child, you can visit Ella & Henry (137 Elm. Street in New Canaan) to get personal styling help for the session. They know my methods for styling my models and what looks great on camera.. and that is such an incredible help for parents.
After Phoebe and I were done with her photoshoot and she left the Studio, she turned to her Mom and asked "Mom, am I famous now?".
It's easy to see why Phoebe felt that way! I structure these studio sessions to make kids feel like the center of the universe (seriously, these kids deserve it!). As parents, we are all so incredibly busy. We struggle to keep all the balls in the air and try our hardest to be everything to everyone, every day. And as kids get older, we trust them to do more things on their own, but in turn, we spend less and less of our valuable time one-on-one with them.
I see this in my own son. All he wants is undivided attention. It comes out as constant talking. He asks questions nonstop and literally talks topics to death while we drive to and from summer camp. Let me repeat that.. all he wants is attention. He wants to feel loved and cared about and that's his way of getting what he needs (as annoying as it is in the end).
And that's one of the biggest reasons why I love photography. Not only does it make me hyper-focused on the person who is in front of my camera, but the person I'm photographing can also FEEL how absolutely devoted I am to them. That's why a lot of people actually feel uncomfortable in front of the camera.. we're not used to all that attention!
But tweens? They absolutely love it. Because they still remember what it was like when they had all eyes on them. For them, being in front of the camera is pretty damn awesome.. and in some cases, feeling FAMOUS is what happens, too.
(Oh, and be sure to click on each photo to see it bigger)