I think my kids are sick of me. Or my camera. Or forcing them to love each other. I had been on a desperate quest to photograph my two little loves together, looking well... lovey. Here's the thing. My three-year old is kinda over his little sister. First off, I wanted him to hold her. I had to promise him a bowl of chocolate chips, but that's besides the point. Here's picture one:
Okay, we need a little direction here. "Okay, Houston... look at Leah and put your arm around her!" Picture two:
Getting closer, right? Here's where I started to go wrong... "Great, Houston! Now squeeze her tight like you LOVE her!"
Now before you go calling DCYF on me, realize that at this point, even I dropped my camera to save my newborn daughter from her older brother's "love" and I don't drop the cam often. After a little shuffling, another talk about "gentle hands" and a healthy break, we tried one last time... "Okay Houston, just put your head close to your sis, and say cheese." And finally I got this little gem:
See? They DO love each other. Just forget the last 3 pictures. Modeling can be brutal for a newborn and a three year old... but they earned their pay in about three thousand kisses, a delicious bottle of milk and a bowl of chocolate chips.
One of the most common things I hear ALL parents after taking pictures of their kids is, "Sorry (insert name here) was so crazy." The funny thing is, being the mom of a VERY active toddler, I never really notice other people's "crazy" kids - or maybe they just don't compare to my own. The thing is, I could probably get my sweet Houston to sit for about 3 seconds and probably even get a half-way decent portrait of him. But I don't really want that. It's not him. It's not real. Some of my favorite pictures of Houston, and my clients' children, are those candid, natural, silly shots. I love this picture of these two sweeties - because it reminds me of my sisters, and how many silly, loving memories I have of them. And isn't that the real purpose of a picture? To evoke some kind of an emotion? I love my family shoots, because they're always sure to make me smile!
This photo was submitted to the I Heart Faces photo challenge – www.iheartfaces.com
The most important thing is to enjoy your life - to be happy - it's all that matters. ~Audrey Hepburn