“It’s not what we have in life, but who we have in our life that matters.” – J.M. Laurence
What do you get when you have two cute kids (8 and 10), a yummy mummy, a reluctant dad and a very naughty granny in the studio for a photo shoot? You get a whole load of FUN. I loved this family from the moment they came in and even Dad got into the swing of things as we got going.
Men at Work
I have learned from experience that most males (especially the grown-up ones) are more relaxed in front of the camera if they have been given something to do.
In this case, I asked Dad to whisper something into his son’s ear that only he could hear. I am guessing at what he said but it did the trick!
I could’ve photographed the 10-year-old daughter all day long. She had one of those smiles that lit up her whole face and eyes that looked like pools of melted dairy milk **swoon**.
Another favourite trick of mine, with kids at least, is to ask them to pull silly faces. This time though the biggest kid of all joined in…Granny! She was such a good sport and you could tell the kids really loved spending time with her. Reminded me a bit of my dearly departed gran who was always up for a bit of mischief. I wish I had photos like these to look back on of her.
In a corner
This is the last big family shoot I’ll be doing in my studio before it’s extension next month and I was a little worried before we started that a corner and a bench wouldn’t create many variations. Well! I’ve got to stop listening to that inner self-doubt because we managed endless combinations and I delivered the family a gallery of nearly double the quoted number of pictures.
Best of all they had a great time with mum saying it was a “brilliant experience”.