29 Apr Inspired by the Athena Poster
When my gorgeous friend and neighbor asked me to shoot a picture of her husband and new baby similar to the Athena poster, I said yes without hesitating because, as you’ll see they are the world’s most photogenic family! But as soon as we hung up I had to go google “Athena poster” because I had NO idea what she was talking about!
As it turns out, she was referring to this image, which is apparently quite iconic in the UK where my friend hails from. In fact, in my small sampling of British women, about 75% said they actually had this poster in their bedrooms when they were teenagers!
We decided to shoot in my very modern BRIGHT and airy studio, so the feeling of our images is quite different than the original. It’s hard to do dark and moody in a studio bathed in gorgeous natural light. Incidentally, it’s also hard to take a real dad with his very own baby and tell him NOT TO SMILE at him! See how the man in the poster is brooding (and the baby even looks a bit frightened?) Well, as it turns out, dads rarely brood at their newborns (that comes a bit later!) but what they do do is light up with joy. So we may not have recreated the exact mood of the original, I’m happy that what we did capture is the love and connection between this beautiful father/son duo. See for yourself!
I even convinced mom to get in on the action – isn’t she stunning?
And, of course, being that I’m a family photographer, I couldn’t leave without capturing the whole family together..
That was a lot of images.. but can you blame me? It was hard to narrow down. I’m so lucky to call these beautiful people my friends and look forward to many more shoots in the future!