a little bit of history...
Keeli Faith was the first wonderful human/photographer to be added to Little Icons' growing roster. It only makes sense to feature her in our first ever photographer Q+A.
Ashley and Keeli Faith met when Ashley and her family had moved to Nashville and began doing Little Icons pop-ups at a magical children's store called Arcade Kids (where Keeli Faith worked.) Keeli brought her son Arthur in for portraits twice! Luckily, they had done a session as a trade of services- and just before they packed up to move back to Edmonton, AB, Ashley and her family were photographed by Keeli Faith. She captured some of Ashley's favourite and most treasured family photos.
Soon after they met, Keeli Faith reached out to Ashley to say that she would love to work for Little Icons in any capacity. But, we were still a one woman show, and the big vision hadn't arrived yet. In 2021, after not being able to travel back to Nashville since October 2019, the gears were turning. It was such a shame to not be able to provide this service to the families who we had been working with. In what was quite serendipitous timing, Ashley reached out to see if Keeli Faith was interested in training to become the first additional shooter under the Little Icons umbrella!
|When it comes to Little Icons...|
|it’s the children, the authenticity, and the relationship you get to build with a child that is the most important|
|the rest can be taught!|
How long have you been creating these portraits?
Before you started with Little Icons, what was your experience with studio lighting?
What was your biggest challenge with lighting, any tips to share?
What is one thing you wish you knew when you started shooting with Little Icons?
What is one of your proudest moments in a session?
Biggest melt down/challenging situation that you conquered and how did you do it?
Most rewarding moment?
|You never know what a child is walking through, how they feel about themselves, etc|
|my goal is to celebrate who they are and remind them that they are enough|
|just as they are.|
How do you connect quickly with the kids you’re working with?
KF: I have found that giving the child my absolute full attention from the start is key. I always welcome parents/care givers - but as soon as the “hello” is over - I am all in with the child in front of my camera. Depending on age I jump all in on getting to know him/her the best I can. My “party trick” is to learn a handful of things about them and about halfway through repeat it all back to them - so many kids LIGHT UP when they realize I’m really paying attention. Favorite color/toys/song, what they love about themselves, who’s the silliest person in their family, fast food order…It’s so fun to get to know these littles!
What do you do when a child is really shy or reluctant to participate?
KF: I have found with really really shy kiddos to lean into their mood more than try to change it. I once did a session with only saying a handful of things to the kiddo because he was doing so well simply being, being moved around on the box, and playing with a toy he had brought for comfort. Not every kiddo is going to sing songs or clap his/her hands/etc - and that’s okay!
Favourite age of child to photograph?
KF: My answer changes because so many ages/littles are just so amazing, but overall - I’m gonna claim ages 2-3 are my favorite. Still little enough to not “think” about what their faces are doing and truly react/chat with me in the moment. SO many genuine moments are captured - and toot sounds always get this crowd laughing. HAH!
What is your philosophy on working with children?
KF: Every child is different and deserves to be celebrated. You never know what a child is walking through, how they feel about themselves, etc - and my goal is to celebrate who they are and remind them that they are enough just as they are.
What are some methods/approaches have you created on your journey photographing kids?
KF: I’ve talked about this a bit above - but really paying attention to the child In front of me is my favorite approach. Halfway through the session and again at the end I’ll rattle off facts about them that I’ve learned and it’s so beautiful to see a kid light up realizing I remembered/cared!
How has working with Little Icons impacted you and your family?
KF: Just picture me crying in front of my laptop right now over how blessed we feel to be a part of this team. Since joining the team I not only feel like I get to share something unique/magical with the world, but I also get to be a more present mother & wife as I do my own photography as well - leaving room for so much more work/life balance than we ever had before.