This past weekend I decided to try my hand at children’s photography for the first time. I was visiting my parents in Bakersfield, where I graduated high school. Now, you can say what you want about the Bakes, but it is, in fact, a lovely place to raise kids. And raise kids my friends have. Really cute ones!
One of my sister’s friends is now the proud mommy of three beautiful girls: Laura (4.5), Abbie (aaalmost 3) and Rebecca (2 months). It was one of the most fun and challenging experiences I’ve had and each girl taught me an important lesson when it comes to children’s photography.
Sometimes You are Going to Lose:
Laura is a First-Born. If you’ve been reading my blog, you know that, as a FB myself, I have a special place in my heart for a strong-willed oldest girl. I also know that, when they are little, there is little that will change their minds when they’ve decided on something.
As soon as they arrived, Laura demanded to hold her baby sister. She also was more than happy to be photographed with baby Becca. However, she did not want Abbie in the photo. No way, no how. Nana Tina tried to trick Laura into cooperating by asking her to let Abbie give her a kiss while she was holding Becca.
I have to confess that this is my favorite photo of the session. Talk about keeping it real: The baby is upset because her binky is out, Abbie is being the ever-pleasant middle-child, and Laura is not bothering to hide her annoyance for two seconds. I really think it’s a keeper just because their mom can show it to them in 20 years and have a good laugh with her girls.
Luckily, I got this one before Abbie so ruuudely interrupted big sister-baby sister photos.
That was also before Laura decided she was over photos and, more specifically, done with me. Look at the camera? Yeah, right. Whatever, Laura, I’ve been a FB a lot longer than you have and can still get what I want….almost.
Thanks for running around, because it made your cheeks all rosy and you look extra beautiful in the last few shots! So I lost the battle, but won the war. Ha!
Kids are Literal:
Abbie is her mother, both in looks and personality. Thank goodness, because I’ve known Mandy since she was 12 and can tell you that she’s one of the sweetest people you will ever meet. Abbie always listened and did her best to follow my, her mom’s, and nana’s instructions. Talk about letting people boss you around and being nice about it! I love middles!
However, I learned that kids are very literal. When asked to please sit for 2 minutes so you can take a photo, that is all you get: Two minutes.
Abbie heard the click and she was up and outta there:
I Still Know Nothing About Babies:
There’s gotta be some trick to getting Becca to smile or not cry the minute she is without both mommy and binky. I suppose two months is not the ideal time to photograph babies, unless you are controlling the environment in a studio. But isn’t she so beautiful?
Enjoy the Good Surprises:
Sometimes, the subject you thought would be the most difficult to photograph ends up being the most cooperative. Lilly Anna is only 10 weeks. But, she smiled for the camera…
listened to Tina when she told her to sit….
and never lost her cool, even when her big sister, Lucy, barked at her…
Despite these challenges, I did end up with several good photographs because, at the very least, I knew the first rule when working with kids.
Thank you, Mandy, for pretty-ing up all your girls and meeting us over at your mom’s house! And thanks, Tina, for all of your help and patience with me and the girls! I hope you let me come take more photographs next time I’m in town!
Now it’s off to learn Adobe Lightroom and work on my favorite shots of the day!