A New York City transplant finds success in children and newborn photography—and McKinney, Texas.
By day, he crunches numbers, and on nights and weekends he moonlights as a portrait photographer. Kamran Malik from Orlando, FL, works full time as the director of pricing for a large health insurance firm, so his regular job keeps him plenty busy. However, two years ago his love of photography led him to start shooting portraits in his free time.
In 2006, Padraic Deasy realized his childhood dream when he purchased the family photography business from his parents. Working with his wife of seven years, Sonia, who brings vast business knowledge from her family’s fashion business to the studio, Padraic has grown Ireland-based Deasy Photographic into an award-winning boutique portrait studio specializing in family and children’s portraits. “We have created a high profile image in our community,” Padraic says. “It begins with how we package our studio through our interior decorating and studio design.” Their clients are mothers and families who appreciate a creative approach to portrait photography. Padraic says, “We have positioned our studio as a premium brand and we have built up a client base that has attracted some of the wealthiest families
Her clients pay for her ability to connect with them and capture those special moments that look into the soul or portray relationships. Many of her clients come back time after time because they love Linnea’s work. “I know the type of expression I am looking for and I know when people are connecting. It’s usually after they give me the expression they think I want. I make sure to take the image when they let their guard down,” Linnea explains.
Photographer Jenny Schomaker makes it her business to give back to the community. She accomplishes this via a number of projects that allow her to indulge in her passion for photographing children. For the past few years Schomaker has teamed up with Dr. Sudha Chandrasekhar of Gateway Pediatrics to photograph her patients, many of whom are kids with special healthcare needs. Some have cerebral palsy and some are missing limbs, while others have cleft palates and/or other issues.
An image of a child can be captured in a gleeful moment of laughter, the sudden onset of a pout or a mischievous grin before jumping into a puddle of mud. What’s amazing—and trying—about photographing children is that all of those personality traits can emerge from the same child within a matter of moments.
It’s a lovely day in Sonoma, CA. Willis Sanders—World War II veteran and photographer of the iconic 1952 shot of Ernest Hemingway aboard his boat Pilar in Cuba; Scotch drinker and recent widower—is offering his grandson, Tom, a few lighting tips before muscular degeneration and near blindness take over.
Breaking the code: it sounds like something you’d hear in a spy movie. But what three-time PPA Photographer of the Year Kevin M. Connors is referring to is the most important part of the portrait-making process: getting his subjects to relax and be themselves during a shoot. “It usually only takes a few minutes,” he says. “We’re just having fun, being natural and being ourselves.” That, the San Diego portrait photographer says, is what breaking the code is all about.