DiAnna Marr goes to great lengths to make sure the children she works with are relaxed so she can capture their best moments in a picture.
Photo by DiAnna Marr
When our son Jonah was a wee baby, Andy and I had a “professional” picture taken of him at a store studio. We did this again, ritual-like, when Jonah was 6 months old, and I think we managed another at 13 months or so, Easter-themed. By then, though, we couldn’t take him to any barber so we had to cut his hair ourselves – and the resulting picture portrayed a half-smiling waif with butchered hair, clutching a yarn-covered plastic egg. After that, the whole idea became unthinkable. Before he was 2, we knew better than to attempt such a feat.
For that matter, what kid, disabled or not, is an angel for this kind of thing? The whole experience is difficult at best for any family. By the time the pictures are taken, you’re just hoping for a smile.
“You never look at those photos as REAL memories,” said DiAnna Marr, Hand Over Hand’s photographer. “The best photos are not forced, with strained smiles, but sincere moments.”
Hand Over Hand Photography in the Capital District embodies what its name implies – an experience of working together to find beauty in everything. DiAnna is a refreshingly new kind of photographer – the kind who not only travels to you but also listens to you as well. She wants the families she works with, especially the children, to be themselves, relax and have fun. She knows how to capture not only the beauty of a smile but also the radiance in spontaneous emotion. She’s friendly, laid back and professional too.
DiAnna’s thoughtful perspective extends beyond the camera to small personal gestures and considerate, thoughtful touches.
“I always bring a junk camera with me,” she told me. “Younger, more curious kids can hold it or play with it so they can connect and feel part of the process.”