The session was over but I didn't pack up straight away. I noticed this little one playing happily whilst her mum and gran stood and chatted nearby. At one point the little girl picked up this cat mask and in the moment, I asked her to look up at the camera. As she lifted her head, I pressed the shutter and recorded this image which has become one of my all-time favourite black and white portraits. It has also received the following Viewbug Awards:
Won Featured - October 2016
Won Staff Favorite - March 2016
Winner in Mystical Children Photo Challenge - May 2015
This image taught me a really valuable lesson that day:
Never pack your camera away immediately after a session is over. Rather wait for perhaps 10 - 15 minutes and quietly observe the child/ren for any unexpected or candid moments which may unfold whilst they are happily doing their "own" thing. Such times often provide an opportunity to capture the true spirit of the child and for just a few extra moments, may produce something truly unique and special.