One thing I really want you to know is that connection starts with you. Before you can create meaningful photography you have to be able to connect to your subjects, even if you have only just met them.
This may sound impossible but it's doable.
Get the know the family and be relatable.
Creating connection within a lifestyle photograph is twofold. You are creating connection between the subjects you are photographing and you are also creating connection with the viewer.
When a viewer is drawn into a photograph they are connected to it, it builds interest and depth.
I believe for someone to feel something when they view a photograph something had to have been felt when the photograph was made.
You have to put genuine effort into getting to know your subjects and also be relatable so that they feel comfortable opening up in front of your lens.
I do this by having an effective client questionnaire completed prior to the shoot. I make sure to ask about each family member and simply ask them to tell me about their family. I am always surprised by how much info they give me.
I also work hard to connect with my families. I talk openly with them during the whole session to make them feel at ease. I truly enjoy getting to know them and want them to know that I care about who they are.
Because I create an environment for them to connect with me, I am able to create more authentic and connected photos.
So, really work hard to make a connection with your families. The results will be amazing!