The surprising part has been that the majority of the babies involved have gone back to the lemon after the first taste. It’s obviously not an unpleasant taste but as most of the kids have never tasted anything sour, I personally hadn’t expected that. This is great as it really does create the best reactions and the more they taste, the more options we get.
When I initially started Lemon Babies, I had every intention of getting to 80 children and then wrapping the project up while using the 80 to create a collage for the studio however at the end of 2014, I decided I wanted to make a change. There were a couple of different things that I felt could be added to the shots to give the parents a little more from their sessions.
I was and am so grateful when anyone volunteers to be in one of my projects as the only way they work is when people put themselves forward. This is why I wanted to change it a little so the image would feature their babies feet as well as have the option of stitching the images together as well. I also put it onto black as I had done with Movember Portraits 2014 project to bring up the colours and make it a little easier to bring all the images together.
For 2017 it was updated again. Now the images have a spotlight in behind to really draw your eye to the subject and allow for any colour of clothing. These images then make a modern collection of 3.
Do you want to be a part of this unique portraits project?
The project will be running throughout 2017 although only on certain days on certain months with the above mentioned style change for the year. The sessions themselves take anything from 10-20 minutes and all that happens is that we give our little volunteers a couple of slices of Lemon and just wait to see what happens. After this, I go through the images, edit them down to no more than 3 images, which I then send through fully retouched as High Resolution Digital Files.
If you would like to volunteer your baby, you can check the Lemon Babies Experience Page to see if there are any spaces left for the next date or get in touch by Emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org