Over the past few years, I have happily volunteered to photograph friends and family. I don't mind doing so because not only does this save them hundreds of dollars, it gives me the opportunity to see if this is something that I would really want to do. If something were to happen with my current job, I often think of photography as my Plan C. I'm still working out Plan B.
A few weekends ago, I offered to photograph my niece's 9 month old twins, who are such little sweeties. At the last minute, we decided on an outdoor fall photo session in the middle of the day because it was overcast. Well, of course, the clouds blew away and I was left with the challenge of a sunny day but shady areas were plentiful so I was able to work around that. Photographing babies and toddlers is not easy and these sessions have confirmed that I am more comfortable with photo journalism than posed photos. Whenever my subjects ask what they should do, how should they pose, I want to say, "Just do whatever feels natural." The twins were not happy with sitting on the grass or sitting in the wagon and finally, FINALLY, I thought to have them stand holding onto the wagon. They loved it and I was able to get a great picture of the two of them together, both smiling. (I don't want to post any of the pictures because she may use them for her Christmas card.)
I most definitely have a lot to learn, like how to incorporate my comfort of photo journalism into sessions. So for now, I'm routing for the success of Plan A, which allows me to provide for my family and gives me time to work on my photography skills.
(Emily, Allie and Anna)
Rich and the girls joined me for this photo shoot because it was at a park with a playground and the girls love seeing the babies. As you can see, the girls dress themselves and because I wasn't sure how many photos I would be able to take of them, I didn't push the issue or bother trying to shop for fall outfits. Maybe I'm just lazy.