As most of you probably know that I specialize in beauty and fashion portraits, but I also find pleasure in exploring other kinds of photography and not be limited by boundaries. I had traveled to Germany in the spring break to visit my Indonesian best friend Pitha. She got married a couple of years ago and has settled down in a beautiful village three hours north of Munich and has a beautiful three year old boy and works at a wellness center.
The last time I visited Pitha was three years ago and it was really nice to be back to see her. She is such a sweet friend who would do anything to make you feel at home when you are visiting. We had lots of things to talk about after not seeing each other for such a long time. Pitha and I spoke about our dreams, plans and also about life in general. She told me she was proud of me and what I am doing, she really loves my job path and has been really supportive of me. She managed to help me get some clients who could some photoshoots with me. This time I was shooting families which was something different then what I normally do.
So I got some time to do some preparation and since I had not met my clients yet I was a little bit nervous. I had to tell myself, “Come on Yuni you can handle this!” I just had to stay calm and behave no different than a normal shoot like; taking my time and relaxing. So I arranged the shooting dates then did some research to get some inspiration which I put together in a mood board which I could always improvise a theme from.
My first photoshoot was with Pitha and her amazing family in a beautiful setting with an amazing sunset. We had traveled to a farming area full of yellow flowers just on the outskirts of the village. There was no particular theme but the only thing I asked was for them to act like I wasn’t there and to enjoy the moment. Pitha’s family could do anything from walking, playing with their kid, gazing at the surroundings and spinning. The little boy had the time of his life and his smile felt very genuine and he enjoyed the shoot and the photos reflect this.
The second day of doing photoshoots for families was for the lovely family of Verena. She also had a beautiful young son who was four years old. The location of the shoot was in their backyard. The family lived in the middle of the forest. For this family we had a little tea party and picnic theme with the mini dining tables. The timing was a bit unfortunate as the young boy was sick but he somehow managed to pull through and cooperate. I got to play a bit of hide and seek with him to get a shot of him and he made the most beautiful smile.
After Ihad done the photoshoots I realized how fun it was to take family portraits. I got to capture the love, intimacy and the bonds between family members. I captured the sweet smiles, giggles, warmth and most important of all the love. No wonder I always sighed, “Aww,” every time I looked at a picture in the camera as soon as I made the shot. I could feel the love there and it felt amazing. I am so grateful for getting this chance to capture these families loveliest moments that they will remember for the rest of their life.