Too often we are asked to do an afternoon portrait photography session with kids. I’m sorry, unless you are a rock star who keeps your kids up to 1am (I have photographed those kids and they are different) I will have to refuse. Why? Because photographing 2 snapshots of your kid in the afternoon is one thing, but asking for their good behavior and focus for longer than that is a disaster.
Recently, I had an awesome session with a family of four that was a lot of fun to work with. Russ Jones is a busy stay at home father of two boys, an author of a very comical and true parenting blog and he just published a potty training book that I wish I had when my children were young and learning.
My mother produced a daughter who has always made a big effort. I never realized until now that she did this because I have been too busy working hard. Not only do I work hard daily at being a good parent, but I work daily at being a good photographer. Does it work? I hope it does. All I know is that I have always been driven and happy.
Tonight I’m thinking of Dexter, who is sick and pulling at my mother strings. These child portraits I did a few months ago. In moments like this, when I am full of worry, I am glad to have these portraits to savor and make me smile.