Capturing childhood with Mary Catherine Brownfield, family photographer
Mary Catherine Brownfield, mother to a little Cate, does it just beautifully. Atlanta based lifestyle photographer with a background in design, she captures the magic of childhood with much skill. Expressing happiness and tenderness, her pictures, whether in color or black and white, are the epitome of family love. Her captures are precious keepsakes to cherish for life.
She kindly allowed us to come behind the camera and to tell us more about the magic at work behind the lense.
How did your passion for family and child portraits start?
Throughout my apparel studies and then design career, photoshoots were always my favorite! I began photographing my friends as a hobby and it has really taken off into a business. I find so much joy in making my clients feel and look their absolute best!
How would you describe your picture process?
My style of shooting is very thoughtful. Because of my fashion background, I have developed a keen sense of posing, lighting and angles.
Also, the backdrop is very important for me. I have a love for gardens and greenery which you will see displayed throughout many of my portraits.
I always do a few posed, standard shots and then once the family feels fully at ease, move onto organic moments— the candids. Those are the ones that I love the most. Can't beat genuine laughs and giggles!
Can you share one of your sweetest moments during a portrait session?
Capturing parents bringing home their adopted baby to meet the family was incredibly special. I will forever remember that joyous occasion!
Can you give a tip on how to make a portrait session successful?
I would recommend to really think through wardrobe in advance! Coordinating outfits and softer palettes seem to photograph best. Taking time to find the perfect color harmony, style and accessories really makes a difference!
What do you recommend for cards and invitations?
For holiday cards or birth announcements, my favorites tend to be photo mounted (actual pictures adhered to the card). I also love adding a ribbon to the top. These little details really elevate the cards!