As you know, we have shown interest in photography and using cameras since our Brown Room year. We have used photography as a form of documenting, as a research tool, a way to share, and a way to connect.
This year, we are continually expanding this interest by learning more about the ways in which we can use photography as form of expression.
For our Rainey Room birthday gifts, we felt that using portraiture could be a tool to not only strengthen our relationships by developing our awareness and empathy for one another, but also to capture our genuine personalities. This process has demonstrated that children are capable, competent, and joyful when using photography as a language in the classroom.
As a class, we continue to adjust our definition of portraiture as our understanding of the technique develops.
What is a portrait?
Lily: It’s a painting of a person.
Sam: Does it have to be a painting?
Lily: No. It can be a drawing.
Finlay: It could be a picture of a lego.
Sam: What part of a person?
Remy: Your legs. Your face.
Finlay: Your hair?
Bea: It’s where you make yourself differently.
Finlay: You take a picture.
Bea: Make yourself different.
Finlay: That’s a selfie (when you take a photo of yourself).
Bea: I’m saying someone takes a picture of you.
Lily: A picture of a person.
Rainey Room Birthday Portraiture Work
It’s not anybody’s birthday, but we are taking pictures!
Susan Strawbridge specializes in child photography in the DC area.
From her website:
Inspired by love, light and laughter, my goal is to capture the essence of childhood – joy, happiness, carefree energy and, of course, a little bit of mischief. I have an energetic, creative and informal approach to my portrait sessions. Instead of relying on traditional poses, I prefer to tap into the imagination of children to capture special moments that define a child or who you are as a family.