Photographing Children & Growing Old with matching hats...

April 11, 2013  •  1 Comment

I coerce, over promise, and bribe...just to get my kids to wear something I bought for some 'special photos'.  In reality letting them have a choice and following them around on their own adventure prove to result in the best pictures.  Of course I use a little reverse phsycology and the promise of ice cream  but truthfully letting them run free a bit is always good.  They blow off steam & when they are ready for a break, that's when I swoop in and get that look that I want...not the 'cheese' smile, just the calm, relaxed child that is too tired to give me grief as I snap away!  FUN, worth it and is always a lesson in practicing my patience!

Then come unsuspecting moments...where I feel like a stalker pretending to photograph my kids when in reality I sneak a photo of this couple  who probably color coordinated without evening realizing it.  They look like the perfect match.  As I strolled along the beach I studied this couple...he had his hand on her back guiding her as she leaned partially on her cane and the rest on him.  When she stopped, he stopped.  When she gazed out at the open ocean, his gaze turned to her...curious about what she saw.  I wondered how long they had been together as they seemed in perfect sync...just like their hats!

Sometimes these moments really do happen organically and sometimes we make it happen.  I call it 'natural posing'...Bobs Aunt & Uncle were the perfect example...asking them to look at each other...and what do they do...laugh and feel awkward...BUT in one split second they give each other that little twinkle, coy look and genuine smile.  And BAM!!!!   It was totally worth it!!


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Shirley Chambers(non-registered)
What a surprise to see my brother and sister-in-law. Love it!!
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