I love my job. I love making art with moments and light. It gives me such a high to be out there shooting. I will say though, that when it comes to shooting my own kids, it’s tough! They absolutely will not cooperate. Haha, little stinkers. I just have to snap them in the moment without asking and without warning or I won’t get anything worth getting! Here’s what happens when I ask my girl to pose, “Stand right here sweetie and give me a pretty smile!”
In-between those silly faces, normally, I do get a few that are magic. I have to wait patiently for them though! They kinda have to settle into the moment and environment and forget that I’m there.
I bring my camera with me pretty much every where we go. I just don’t want to miss a special moment. Don’t get me wrong, I remember to be ‘in’ the moment too, but there are always times I wish I could just FREEZE and I don’t want to be stuck with only my cell phone!
I think the fact that my husband is gone so much, has a little something to do with it too. I want him to see all the special things that I get to see everyday. I want him to be able to watch them grow and change even though the Navy pulls him away for such unreasonable amounts of time. So, I make sure my camera is there and ready. I like to say that my camera is always in danger… I risk it’s life everyday.
Even our visits to the park get documented. They always have so much fun and have such real happiness displayed all over their faces when we are outside. I make sure to snap, snap, snap while we play!
I have to say that even though my little monsters won’t pose for me, they do something even better, they are real for me. I couldn’t ask for anything more. That’s what I want, ‘real’ moments. Those are the moments I want to remember when they are older and busy with life. I want to remember how free and without worry they were.
Northbrook, IL Child Photographer