Well, yesterday I decided it was time to take some photos of Noah. I have been taking so many portraits of my awesome clients lately, but I have neglected to take some new ones of Noah. If you know Noah, you know he HATES to have his picture taken. I brought three different outfits for him...what was I thinking?
I found this great place, the light was PERFECT, and there was Noah, fighting me every step of the way. I got ONE good picture out of him (on the rest of the pictures he is in action, pleading his case on why it is NOT cool to have his picture taken...), in outfit number one. I love this single one image of him, though. I love how the light glows around him, I love his little smile, I love the way he is sitting there.
Most kids, like Noah, just don't have interest in having their photos taken, they want to play, run, discover things... anything but having to sit still and smile at the camera, especially for more than a couple of quick pictures. When I take photos of children, I try to make it as quick and comfortable for them, I try to give them some time in between different poses/settings, so they can run off some energy. I let them be in charge (or, ahem, let them think they are in charge ;) ), so we can keep them happy for as long as possible. I make a fool out of myself to get a smile out of them. I don't care if the kids think I am crazy as long as I can get some smiles out of them. As parents, I think that when we take pictures of our kids or have them taken, we have to be patient and let them be who they are. The best smiles are those that I get when I tell them a funny story, do something goofy, ask them a silly question, or let them play. Taking photos of children is challenging sometimes, but it is so rewarding. I love doing it, so thank you to all of you who have given me the chance to work with you and your children :) !!!