Sometimes, discovering your creative calling is a matter of finding the right muse. That was the case for Iwona Podlasińska, an architect who realized her passion for photography when she became a mother. Now, years after kickstarting her career as a photographer, Podlasińska still finds inspiration in the subjects that started it all: her two young sons.
Podlasińska prefers capturing candid shots of her children doing what kids do, whether they’re exploring the outdoors, playing with their pet cat, or snuggling up to a stuffed animal. While it may seem like these situations should set the scene for standard childhood photos, Podlasińska’s portraits are anything but ordinary. In fact, they’re sprinkled with magic.
“I can say that [my style] is something between dreams and reality,” Podlasińska tells My Modern Met. “I try to capture real situations but with a hint of children’s imagination, turning everyday scenes into magical images straight from a fairytale.”
Surprisingly, Podlasińska conjures up these enchanting images on the spot, foregoing planned and posed photo shoots for spontaneous snapshots. “I love to capture those moments that last only a second although they may seem like those were hours,” she tells us. “People often wonder how I make the kids stay in one place long enough to take a photo but the truth is that those are only seconds and I need to be fast.”
In addition to photographing her own children, Podlasińska also takes pictures of other kids, including her sons’ friends and cousins. No matter who her subject is, she always makes an extraordinary effort to add a touch of magic to her work. “For me,” the photographer reveals, “there is nothing more rewarding than a unique photo.”