Welcome to day 5 of Design Aglow’s Baby Week and Say “hi” to Canadian photographer and coffee-lover (bonus points) Catherine Giroux with us.
Tell us a little bit about you.
Hi! I’m from Montreal (north shore), Canada. I started my career as a graphic designer (still am from time to time). When I was pregnant with Gustave (second son), I bought my first decent camera in order to document my kids' life (cliché right?). After finishing uploading my first 2GB SD card I knew I was not going to stay in front of a computer for 8 hours/day for the rest of my life.
When passion hits, it’s hard to resist. When my maternity leave ended, I dropped my job, crossed my fingers tight and hoped for the best. Best decision ever.
How do you describe your style?
Real, fun, documentary, no rules.
What or who really inspires you?
My kids, my client’s house, light (and not always the glowing one), connection between people.
What are your top tips for photographing babies?I don’t consider myself as a baby photographer specialist. As long as I have people in front of my lens, my objective remain the same, which is to share a story. When I’m going to photograph a newborn session I always have in mind the word “cocooning.”
I simply let parents do their thing (feeding, giving a bath, cuddling) and I document the experiences. Parents LOVE to talk about their baby (even when it’s to express lack of sleep) so let them talk and you’ll see some sparkling in their eyes. Magical scenes will take place in front of your camera without forcing anything.
Want more inspiration from Catherine Giroux?Visit her site here: www.catherinegiroux.com
From a very early age I loved taking pictures and looking at them in magazines and books, but the art of photography captured my heart when I was a teenager, on my first overseas trip to Wales. From that point, I began shooting with a little film SLR and having my friend model for me. In college I took some digital photography and visual communication courses as part of my communication studies major, and decided to pursue a career in photography. I became a legal business and took my first paid client at age 20, and it's been quite a journey and adventure over the past nine years.
I secretly bought a mail-order 35mm camera when I was 15, and took lots of ordinary photos of animals and nature for several years. Although I majored in art and studied photography in college, my career started in marketing and advertising, from the client service end. Then I had the most beautiful baby, found my old camera and realized how much I love photographing people.