This is another one of these blog posts where I jumped in front of the camera with my boys to get photographed by a friend. Last time I blogged about it here: 12 Things I Learned at My Own Family Portrait Shoot
I continue to learn new things!!! New things that help me to get better family pictures AND take better photos for my clients.
Thanks to Danielle of Salty Raven Studio. These amazing memories for me and my boys were possible because you’re an awesome friend and such a great photographer! A few days after this I traded family portraits with her family.
Every parent will say “we want candid photos”. Yes, yes, yes, I know that! You don’t want to freeze your smiles for what will feel like forever saying “cheeeeeeeeeese”. I don’t want that either.
Whether my clients ask for it or not, they all probably DO want a looking at the camera shot. I did too. I really wanted to try for it at least. This sitting down moment came in the middle of the shoot because the beginning had a little tantrum moment.
I knew the scene would be right. The sun was behind us, the boys sat on my lap hiding everything a mom might want hidden and it took about 16 frames to get six eyes, three smiles and everyone’s wiggling synced up for Danielle to get the shot. Yes!! I loved her patience and in that moment she looked at the camera and said “We got it!!”
What you’ll see below is THE SHOT. With a retouched version above and the “SOOC” or straight out of camera shot below. I really hesitate to do retouching to change my shape. That’s cheating and I know that plopping two toddlers in my lap can hide that 🙂 Also Spanx always!
I did adjust the exposure ever so slightly, add a little warmth, touched down the redness in my face, a few blemishes and maybe the biggest difference was adding a lock of hair in front of my right ear.
I appreciate honesty in my photography (or photos of me) but some light retouching can really finish an image. Some photos below have a little bit of that. Mostly just removing bruises and bug bites from my legs or a few stray hairs.
Beyond the “looking at the camera” shots, the objective was to get genuine smiles and real moments between me and my boys. Danielle gave prompts and a little direction but the biggest one was play.
This is the moment at the beginning of the shoot where Eddie didn’t want to explore the boardwalk. As a Mom, I’m like – “OH fudge! We’re all dressed up on this great day and am I down a twin for our family shoot?”
Danielle was persistent and optimistic that we could get Eddie turned around. Little tantrums come quick and go quick. Our favorite activity is looking for bugs, worms, salamanders, frogs but above all else SNAKES!!
No snakes but we did some impromptu pig piles!
Every shoot has a time where it feels like we got what we came for and can head back to the car.
AND take off those 3″ heels – a rare occurrence for me – I don’t know how you ladies do that all the time!