You know that warm feeling of comfort and relaxation that you feel deep in your bones when you are in your home, your place of refuge, surrounded by the ones you love, your family? This session, these images, they embody that feeling of love and laughter drenched in a warm cup of tea with a touch of honey and a side of cozy socks. Perhaps by the fireplace on a chilly day. Yes, they are that good!
This newborn session, as photographed by Kuala Lumpur based British photographer Clare Barker Wells, took place early one Saturday morning in Malaysia, after a few weeks of having to postpone for various reasons; so the ‘newborn shoot’ turned out to be a ‘six week shoot’ instead. Clare tells us that by pure chance though, it was the absolute best morning for it – all of the stars aligned, and baby Bennett was a dream and didn’t cry once, older sister Berkley was the true character you can see shining through, and the light, setting and outfits just all came together in one magnificently beautiful photography session.
Clare defines her family and newborn photography as kind of a mix between editorial and lifestyle, with a little bit of documentary thrown in for good measure. She sees beauty everywhere, and whilst she loves capturing genuine, honest moments, she is also not afraid to work towards making those moments happen in front of her camera. It is certainly an art form to put clients at ease with the camera and to elicit the interactions that she captures. Clare shares with us:
This whole session exemplifies why I love family photography – the joy and love and the individual characters all shine through. I love all of the photographs, but if I had to choose, I’d say any of the images with the whole family in them make my heart sing. Everyone’s character shines through in each one, and that’s really what it’s all about.
Clare’s gear of choice is a Nikon D600, paired with her two favorite lenses – the 35mm f1.4 Sigma Art, and the 50mm f1.4 Sigma Art. They allow her to get up close and personal with her clients and to create and document the happy and joy filled images that you see below. Thank you for sharing your beautiful photographs with us, Clare, and for allowing us insight into the way you approach your work.