Some parents don't want a "traditional" portrait session. You know the one. The family is wearing matching clothes and everyone is grinning wide-eyed as if they were plucked directly from heaven and inserted into a pastoral scene. Serbian natives Ivan and Tamara were very clear that they did not want anything remotely close to THAT archetypical family session.
Several times the couple expressed their desire for me to just "focus on the kids." When I hear these kind of directives, I do my best to empathize. What I hear is, "Please help us get some wicked shots of the kids while we just, for once, just watch them play."
The Atanaskovic family is not odd. In fact, their wish is quite commonplace. Many families simply do not have the energy for a full-blown-over-the-top photo session. Moreover, some families do indeed just want photos of their kids doing what kids do best.
Many clients assume that a family photo session in Tokyo will involve the purchase of matching outfits, a trek to some out of reach location, packing snacks, hauling strollers, etc, To me, that just seems like too much work. I can understand why so many families just want to enjoy a day out with the kids without any added pressure. Believing that portrait sessions should be relaxed and enjoyable, I did my best to keep our location close to the family's home and full of kid-friendly entertainment.
I had a great time "focusing on the kids" and look forward to my next outing with this beautiful family.
Award winning photographer based in Tokyo, Japan. Specializing in portrait photography, he shoots a variety of portraiture, editorial, and event, and commercial photography assignments. Andy is a husband, father, and lover of fried food.