I don’t know about you but I’m still trying to catch up from last year. I know, I know, I should have this year already planned. That is not quite the case for me. The end of the year is usually busy but last year was busier than usual. Anyway, I had a lovely session with a new friend and her six-year-old son. Since I’m used to dealing with children, I figured that her son would be a piece of cake. He’s six, therefore he will be able to follow directions and do what he’s supposed to do. Well…that’s not exactly how it went.
First of all, Kiana told Dylan days or at least a week or so prior to the session that I was going to capture his portrait. She said he was so excited that he wanted to go right then. When the day finally came, he sauntered into my home and promptly gave me a hug after saying hello. I’m used to children that I don’t know, hugging me after the session but not before. They usually have to feel me out before they are quite that comfortable. But not Dylan. He hugged me like he was already comfortable with me after knowing me for all of 5 seconds. When you’re dealing with children, that can be either good and/or bad. Good because they are more apt to follow directions and not be camera shy, bad because they can be too comfortable and there’s no telling what they’ll do. Although he was cute and funny, he was also a little boy. This is how the session started. I usually let the children “assist” me by holding my gray card to balance my color.
Below are a few outtakes that should sum up what was going on during the session:
What can I say? Little boys. There is nothing like them. They can make you want to tear your hair out one minute and the next they make your heart overflow with love. The bond between a mother and son is something extremely special which I can totally attest to. Even though there was quite a bit of horsing around (which I’m used to) I was still able to get some really cute shot. How you ask? Well that’s just what I do. I’ve had plenty of sessions where the child was not very cooperative but I was still able to surprise the parents with wonderful portraits. With children, you just have to be patient and wait for those magical moments. I would love to capture the magical moments with you and your little guy or gal. And remember, sharing is caring unless you’ve got got the flu, then you can keep that.