I knew that this would be a great idea. After all, what child doesn’t want to be a superhero, what parent doesn’t want to see their child having the time of their life AND have amazing photos of it to treasure forever? When he is 21 he’ll still think he looked cool. What I didn’t fully comprehend was the ridiculous amount of fun I’d have doing it! I really had no idea just how much it would mean to the little superheroes that came to my studio.
The sweetest thing (that actually made me feel a little bad) was that every single one of the superheroes that came back to my Sussex photography studio later with their parents for the viewing session and then to collect their photos wanted to have another go on the set…and it no longer existed by then as I’d had to dismantle it for other shoots. They all wanted to have a look for themselves to make sure it was actually gone. They all went and clambered over the one remaining part of the set – the “building” (wooden platform to you and me) they stood on. Little Charlie even asked me if he could at least look at the capes and masks again. George thinks he’s famous now, because some of his superhero images appeared on my Facebook page for his parents to tag and share. I thought Oscar was going to burst with excitement during his shoot – too cute! Ethan taught me how to shoot Spiderman webs properly – I was doing it all wrong.
In the planning stages I never thought about superhero siblings, but on the spur of the moment (if they came along to the shoot and were feeling left out) I included brothers and sisters for a couple of shots. SO glad that I did, because the results were super cute!
Every superhero was brilliant and produced awesome shots and it was so satisfying to capture the magic of childhood – the moment you can see when a child fully believes that they are who they’re pretending to be and everything around them is real. Deciding on a winner was an incredibly difficult decision! Once I’d made a final selection of 2 of my favourite photographs of each superhero, the photos were put to a panel to select the winner. Super Ollie won the competition to be the Superhero Face of Jane Allan Photography. He received a mask and cape of his choosing (from http://www.capesrus.co.uk) and his photograph will soon appear in one of my studio windows.
It is hard to say which superhero character was the most popular out of Superman, Captain America, Batman and Spiderman, but I think it might just have been Batman. I loved that Jaeden’s dad wore a Batman t-shirt to the shoot in support of his son’s favourite superhero…he gets the cool dad award.
Also – I cannot even begin to tell you the workout I had over the three days that I ran the superhero shoot! No, really, superhero photography should be an exercise class. Try photographing (for hours) while holding Spiderman positions. Kudos to every Spiderman actor ever (they must have the most toned thighs and buns ever!).
I cannot wait to do it all over again with more Sussex Superheroes!!