When it comes to photographing my own children, I used to do more "casual" shooting, and not as much "professional" shooting (or editing). But in the past year and a half since my daughter was born, I've really been trying to change that. After all, having a photographer for a mom should mean that a child has some great portrait sessions from their growing-up years, but that isn't always the case. So last fall, when our neighbor's tree dropped its leaves and sun peeked out for a day, I bundled the kids up, gave them each a pumpkin, and wheeled them next door in our radio flyer wagon for a little fall photo shoot. I planned shots in my mind like I do for my clients, made wardrobe choices intentionally for the photos, and vowed to edit them nicely, no matter how long it took.
The session was brief, and ended with whining (why are my kids always harder to photograph than other people's kids??), but for the majority of the time, it was fun and progressed organically from shot to shot. We started with the hardest ones, where the kids would have to be sweet with each other and compliant with me. Having them both in the wagon was a definite bonus, as was weighing them down with huge pumpkins! ;)
I also got to give each kid a few shots alone, which is important. They are growing up so fast! My favorite aspect of this session, though, was the increasingly playful interaction between them. What a sweet bond they have! Scroll down to see our fall shoot, and click on individual photos if you want to see them larger.
|My boy sure loves his little sister!|
|Putting leaves on each other: a very fun assignment!|
|This is one that's going on the wall, for sure!|
|I'm so grateful that they are this close. It's adorable!|
|I'd be willing to bet that children have been playing with leaves for millennia!|
|My little boy is looking older all the time...|
|Oh my goodness, the drama!|
|He definitely inherited those dramatic eyebrows from his Daddy. ;)|
|I hope her eyes stay this blue forever, and I photograph them every chance I get!|
|I love this face!|
Ah, Fall is such a beautiful time of year... but seeing this session actually makes me look forward all the more to Spring. I'm hoping to keep on doing sessions like this, so stay tuned in 2014!