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
Less is more.
Too many people attempt to do it all. Remember that kid in middle school who tried to be the all star on the dodgeball team? Nobody liked him, and he only got in everybody’s way. Focusing on one particular skill, direction, goal, project etc. takes work and effort. The drive and desire to have your hands in a little bit of everything needs to be suppressed.