These are the kinds of photos I love. Not technically perfect but just fun and laid back (literally). And real. And how kids really are. You know? I would so rather have photos like these up in my home and would also rather look at these when I am 95 rather than a photos where I KNOW I am yelling at my kids and making angry faces and putting out a bunch of negative energy just so that they sit still and smile for the photographer (yeah, I am all about energy for real-I AM a boulder girl after all:).
Noah was kind of being a brat that night. I can say that bc these are my friend, Kim’s children, and your allowed to say things like that about your friends kids. In public…(maybe not???)
Well, I did not think he was being a brat, I thought he was just being a 6 year old boy-goofing off and having fun and being silly and not doing what he is told to do. 6 year old boys just don’t usually smile on cue for photographers (as a side note I hate words that are the same as letters but don’t include that letter in the actual word, like cue should be spelled que, wouldn’t you think? Or eye should just be iee and you should be u and be should just be b).
Anyways, that is why I have special tricks up my sleeve especially for these boys. They include making farting sounds, talking about farting, poop, boogers, burping, pretend burping (actually I can burp for real on que but don’t tell everyone). Basically I do whatever it takes. I am serious. I just have to do it if you want that photo of your 6 year old boy laughing his butt off and having a good time. And you do. Because you hired me as your photographer and are reading this blog bc you agree with me. Totally and completely.
A while ago, when Elijah was exactly 6 years old, in fact, I had to train him to stop saying the word “poop” bc he was literally saying it every two minutes. I did this by making him cover his mouth for one minute. Within just ONE hour he had stopped saying it. He asked me sweetly, though, if he could spell it if he needed to, and to THIS very day, he NEVER says the word “poop”, but has integrated the letters p-o-o-p into his vocabulary so much it has actually become a word itself to him. When we are actually talking about going to the bathroom, he forgoes the use of the word “poop” and just spells it quickly. It is a natural part of his everyday vocabulary. And when I say every day, I mean every two minutes, bc even though he is not six any more, 7 year old boys are not much different.
Ok, that is enough talk about poop. If you are a new client and reading this and are appalled and don’t want to hire me now I totally understand. I mostly photograph babies, though, so I rarely am making farting and burping sounds during a session. I promise. Though if it made a 6 month old baby laugh I would totally do it.
ps. Yes, that is really all I am writing tonight bc I am working on “The List.” Which, by the way, I constantly keep losing. That is so like me.
pps. notice how Kim dressed her children? They don’t totally match but she threaded together a few colors in a subtle way. I love that-as a photographer the whole black shirt and jeans or khakis and a white shirt is kind of a nightmare. I love my families to SHOW off their personalities, whether it is by letting their kids be silly and roll around on each other and stick out their tongues, or by dressing them for a photo shoot in clothes that have style.