November 20, 2017
We were outside playing in the backyard. The girls were running around and the sun turned golden. All of a sudden I got inspired to pull out my camera and make an attempt at photographing my children.
I ran into the house and pulled together three simple outfits as quickly as I could. I went back outside, stripped my children down and redressed them. They had no idea what I was attempting but knew I was on a mission. I took them to the front of our house and set them on the porch. They sat there beautifully talking and laughing. “Great”, I thought; “This won’t take any time at all and the light is PERFECT.”
I pulled out my camera, snapped on my 85mm lens and put it up to my eye, framed the subjects…focused…and then this happened…
I repositioned my dear sweet children for another image and tried again to get an image that I could put on our yearly Christmas card…
Yes, that is in fact Charlotte trying to cover Winnie’s mouth.
Lucy at this point begins to show some signs of being done. Winnie got up and ran into the house after this, yelling “ALL DONE!” as she scampered off. I definitely wanted to try again but how could I get her back?! Snacks. Promises of Minnie Mouse stickers. Perhaps I could give her a piece of Halloween candy? You do pretty much anything to get that perfect picture don’t you?
In the absence of the youngest child, the older two turned it on for me. These two are seriously the best of friends. They run hand in hand, play like no one is watching and cheer one another on in life…Okay I have to stop before I start crying. Back to the task at hand!
Winnie couldn’t get the door open to come back outside and was pretty mad about it. Charlotte and Lucy decided to have a wrestling match. You guys, I was about done at this point.
“TRUCK!” Cue face palm. I had all but given up. I decided to give it one last try. One last college try. I’m no quitter but trying to get my girls to give me a good image was a recipe for a breakdown for all parties involved! I raised my camera up one last time SURE that it would end in much the same way…
I want you to know something. This image is candid. Which means that it isn’t posed. None of the girls are looking at the camera. But I love it because it is just so them. Charlotte with her cheesy and bright grin. Lucy with her sweet expression and arms around her sisters. Winnie looking like she is just there for a good time. This is them. And that’s why I love it.
Listen, just because I am a professional photographer does not mean I can wrangle my children the same way I can wrangle my clients’ children! When I am photographing my children, I am a parent first and a photographer second. When I am photographing another person’s child, I have eternal patience, focus and know-how! It’s a beautiful thing. However, being both parent and professional at the same time is an exercise in futility! Nevermind getting everything properly exposed and in focus! Bahahaha!
I just wanted to drop by and encourage all of you that if you think that photographer’s children can sit beautifully posed for photographs; you need look no further than my craziness.
Happy parenting everyone!
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