Imagine, if you will, a warm summer afternoon, soft diffused light coming from the slightly overcast skies and bouncing off the trees and green, green grass. Then add to this idyllic scene a young family playing with their two children. Well actually corralling the two-year old who is enthusiastically running along said grass in pursuit of the many geese, while the other child plays peek-a-boo around a tree trunk with the friendly neighborhood family photographer (that would be me).
But there is no need to imagine this scene faithful reader, just take a peek at the imagines themselves from my afternoon playing with the T family at Heather Farms Park in Walnut Creek.
Looks like fun doesn’t it? And that is one of the many reason I am a family photographer. Kids keep it interesting and me on my toes…..or knees as the case may be. Kids like to play, I like to play. Kids aren’t that into sitting in front of a camera and neither I am. Since my son is all grown up and out of the house for a couple of years now (and actually out of the country currently, he is a US Marine) I don’t have the opportunity at home to be all silly and let’s play games as much anymore. So, I get pretty silly and bring toys, and bubbles to my portrait sessions.
We didn’t bring out the bubbles on this shoot, but my trusty stuffy helpers were with me. Number One – Elmo who sits on my camera lens and helps the kids smile. Then I also have little finger puppets for the kids to play with and they even get to take one home at the end of our day.
Owen and Chloe were a lot of fun on this shoot. Chloe is the big sister and she was totally down with this family portrait thing. She was even willing to make her mom’s wish of a portrait of both her kids, at the same time, together, and not fighting a reality. Owen is your typical 2 year-old boy in that he rarely stopped moving, but that is ok with me. I can click that shutter pretty fast so all I really need is just 5 seconds of sitting next to big Sis …… and walla a photo of them together.
Enjoy this sneak peek and thank you Rachael and Adrian for allowing me to play like a kid with yours!