When I was growing up every few years my mother would usher us into the family portrait studio. There were uncomfortable boxes to sit on, with ultra, white hot lights blinding you and behind was fake marble backdrop. It would take an hour to shuffle into different and incredibly boring positions around the boxes and a month later, a large print of a dull family portrait would appear over the fireplace. Everyone in the neighborhood had essentially the same one, from the same studio, hanging in their living rooms!
I have never worked in a photography studio. Our natural world, outside the studio, has the perfect backdrops, incredible lighting and it is the best place to bring out emotions of family love into photography. Six Senses Yao Noi, is the ultimate family portrait setting. We started in the library with it's cozy floating couches and literary backdrop. Then it was on to the Ice Cream Shop followed by a trip through a jungle path to the sandy beach. The grand finale portrait setting is at the Hilltop Villa perched high above the sea with it's infinity pool stretching into ocean below. It was one of the daughter's 4th birthday, she was surprised with a lovely birthday cake and song as the sun was setting.
Creating images with lifelong memories for families provides me with such sweet, personal satisfaction!