Architect Teaches Herself Photography to Snap Enchanting Moments of Her Sons Growing Up

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Self-taught photographer Iwona Podlasińska is the mother of two boys, so it’s no surprise that she’d want to document their young lives thus far. But rather than snap ordinary childhood photos, Podlasińska infuses a bit of magic into her portraits—no special effects required. Instead, she captures the kids as they explore the likes of glittering, sun-soaked landscapes and blustery winter scenes, often accompanied with a furry friend or two. The results are picturesque storybook moments seemingly frozen in time.

Podlasińska is an architect by training, and she decided to learn photography once she had her oldest son. She honed her craft at night, opting to learn by shooting manually on “cheap cameras.” Now, she uses a mirrorless digital camera, but that hasn’t changed her fundamental approach to producing the idyllic pictures.

“To get meaningful photos of children I have to keep my mind focused on them,” she tells Flickr. “It’s much easier when I remind myself how I felt as a child and how I felt about the world.” The excitement and wonder they feel from exploring or discovering something new is almost palpable. Coupled with gorgeous landscapes, you’ll get swept up in these enchanting scenes.

Architect by training, Iwona Podlasińska learned photography to capture enchanting childhood photos of her two sons.

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Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met, Manager of My Modern Met Store, and co-host of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.
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