Ilze Louw Photography, Lifestyle Documentary Photography

HOW DOES A PHOTO SESSION FEEL?

My approach is relaxed, unobtrusive and mostly unposed. I do direct sometimes, especially during lifestyle sessions, but during documentary sessions I observe and catch moments, so you can just do whatever you normally do.

Every session is unique to you. I can quickly sense if you'll want more direction or if you're comfortable to just go on doing your own thing.

I'm a storyteller, so I'll capture moments that tell your unique story, and for every family that's different. I love to show you how beautiful your seemingly ordinary life is. I'll show you the art in your everyday moments.  

WHAT IS THE BEST TIME OF DAY FOR AN OUTDOOR SESSION?

Just when the sun is about to set, usually the hour before sunset, and just after the sun is gone, the light is at its best. It's softer and has a golden or pinkish-purple glow to it, making for beautiful photos.

During December I also do sunrise shoots, which also gives beautiful and soft morning sunlight.

Ilze Louw Photography, Lifestyle Documentary Photography
Ilze Louw Photography, Lifestyle Documentary Photography

WHAT IS THE BEST TIME OF DAY FOR AN INDOOR HOME SESSION?

I usually do lifestyle indoor sessions in the middle of the day, between 10am and 3pm. But what about capturing a documentary morning routine, like breakfast on a weekend, or dinner and bath time in the evening..? Imagine the beautiful memories you'll have of this time in your kids' life.

Even a darker house will have enough light during all of these times, but I also have a great camera that can shoot beautiful photos in low light situations. The photo on the left was done during an 'evening in the life' photo session.

Shadows and dark spots can add beautiful contrast and effects to your indoor session, so I don't need a perfect white and bright house to create a unique at-home session. 

WHAT DO I WEAR?

Wear clothes you love and feel comfortable in.

You don't need to colour-coordinate everyone's clothes, a mixture of different colours and textures work great for a session.

Soft pastel colours always look great in photos and if you layer your clothes you can mix up your look without doing a total outfit change. (There is seldom time or a private place for an outfit change, except at home).  

As far as possible, avoid big logos and designs on clothes or neon and too bright colours.

Ilze Louw Photography, Lifestyle Documentary Photography
Ilze Louw Photography, Lifestyle Documentary Photography

MY KIDS ARE VERY ACTIVE AND NEVER WANT TO LOOK AT THE CAMERA

I was a kindergarten teacher for 5 years, I love kids. I love how they love to be themselves. I also have a toddler boy and practice on him all the time. Kids are my favourite subjects to photograph.

I don't mind active little ones one bit, I enjoy it, and I have a gift for capturing the essence of children, just the way they are. If they want to run and jump and not look at me at all, it's perfect for me, because then I can run around too. If they're shy and really don't want the camera on them, then we pause and they can show me a favourite activity or toy or we let them 'just be'. I'll observe and catch documentary, unposed and real moments of them being themselves. 

I've learned that whenever parents tell their kids to look at the camera and smile, it's always the opposite that's happening, so relax and enjoy the session with them, and let me do what I'm good at.