Belle Bébés asks… Magic Rainbow Photography

Whether you are a parent wanting beautiful pictures of your children, an amateur photographer looking to learn more about portrait photography or somebody who just likes to read an interesting interview accompanied by pretty pictures, these posts are for you…

The interview

Hi, I’m Marta, the photographer behind Magic Rainbow Photography specialising in newborn baby and children’s photography in London. I love what I do and hopefully that shows in all my pictures. Photographing kids allows me to enter the magical world of fairies, princes and flying dragons that only children can see and that can never be a dull job!

It is always lovely being accepted into the life of a young family for a day and there is no better inspiration for my photography than seeing all the love they have for one another. Photography has a way of freezing moments in time and looking back at those photographs can awaken long forgotten memories and emotions.

London, UK.

When and how did you fall in love with photography?
I didn’t realise I was really into photography until my late teens, on a summer trip away from home. I remember coming back with all these rolls of film and I was so excited going through the pictures. It was then that I thought it would be great to do photography for a living.  

Have you had any formal training?
I did a university photography course at the Kent Institute of Art & Design. 

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How would you describe your photography style?
My shoots are a mixture of candid reportage images of moments as they happen and portraits set up to bring out something unique and beautiful in the person in front of the camera. A strong eye contact can make a powerful portrait and will say a lot about that person’s mood and emotions without a word being spoken.

What inspires your work?
I am inspired by the people I photograph, by their character, quirks and environment. With babies and children, I find inspiration in their innocence, in their giggles, surprised faces and even in their tears!

When did you first start out in portraiture photography?
 I have been a photographer in London for over 10 years now. I have always been interested in people and after years of experimenting with fashion, beauty and music photography I realised that portraiture is where my heart really is. It has been 4 years now since I started my baby and children’s portrait photography in London.

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Where in the UK are you based and how far would you travel for a shoot?
I live in London, but I wouldn’t mind travelling to other parts of the country, or abroad if the right job comes along. I love travelling!

How many portrait sessions do you shoot per year?
It is difficult to say, it can be anything between 50- 80 I think.

Could you please share some details of a shoot you particularly enjoyed capturing?
A couple of months ago I got to photograph a gorgeous family and their adorable newborn baby girl in South West London. I love it when parents get creative and have ideas of their own for their session. The mum had prepared a list of images she liked and we all had lots of fun trying out ideas and angles. Their other child was a star as well, really careful and caring with his baby sister. The two kids were a joy to photograph and I couldn’t stop saying “aaah” after nearly every shot. Seeing so much love between siblings at such a young age is heart melting! It was a long 6 hour photo shoot, but time just flied.

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What would be your idea of a dream portraiture shoot?
It would probably involve some travelling. I am fascinated by different cultures and the way children grow up, depending on their environment and circumstances. Kids are kids wherever you go but it would be great to explore the similarities and differences (if any) in the way they interact with each other, play and dream.

What is your favourite age to photograph and why?
I love photographing babies as they are just so serene and tiny. Having said that I love photo sessions with 3 to 5 year old children as well as I get to play and run around with them. Photo shoots can be a challenge, but also a lot of fun!

What difficulties, if any, have you come across with portrait photography and how do you cope with them?
As all my baby and kids photography in London is done on location, light and space can be a challenge as I never know beforehand what that particular house will be like. Over the years I have learnt to adapt my shoots to any environment and I’m glad to say I’ve never had a disaster moment. Taking pictures of the babies and kids in their own environment means they will feel more comfortable, safe and just themselves and for me that’s the most important thing to consider.

What advice would you give to parents that want you to photograph their little ones?
Not to worry too much about preparation and to let the kids just be themselves. Although I will give some directions as the photo shoot goes, it’s best to just go with the flow and even if the child is a bit shy or just not in the mood to begin with, given time, they will all forget about the camera and be back to their normal selves.

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What camera(s) do you use for your portraiture work?
Canon 5D.

And your favourite lenses?
A 50mm f2.8.

Do you use any lighting equipment?
A mix of available light and additional flash: Elichrom.

What advice would you give to wannabe portrait photographers?
To keep taking pictures and have patience as it takes time to develop personal style and build a good book of images.

What has been your proudest moment as a photographer?
Every time an old client calls in to book another photo session for their child. It makes me feel proud as it means I must have done a good job the first time around.

Out of all the photographs you have ever taken (professionally or otherwise), which is your favourite and why?
I couldn’t just pick one, there are so many, related to different points in time and experiences. I will mention here one particular photograph I took last year of newborn baby twins in North London. I keep coming back to it when browsing through my images as I just love the simplicity, symmetry and the strong bond between the girls it captures. Sometimes less really is more.

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If you could capture anybody or anything on camera what would it be?
 I was a massive Take That fan when I was growing up, so they would probably be my first choice!

Just so we can find out a bit more about the person behind the lens, could you tell me 5 things you like that are completely unrelated to photography?

  1. Travelling
  2. Sunshine
  3. The sea
  4. Music
  5. Diving

And 5 things you dislike?

  1. Winter
  2. Arrogance
  3. Waking up early
  4. Bad traffic
  5. Bureaucracy

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What are your aspirations for the future, in photography or otherwise?
As corny as it may sound, just to be happy. With my photography, with my family and friends, with life in general.

Thanks so much to Marta for taking the time to answer the interview and share her lovely work. If you’d like to see more of Marta’s work just head on over to her website or ‘Like’ the Magic Rainbow Photography Facebook page :)

 Heart Debs

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