Those two cuties, are a prime example of how emotionally rewarding this job can be for me. I’ve been photographing him since big brother was a newborn, and first photographed them together when she was a teeny baby and even after all these years and knowing me, he still makes me work for it! But when he lets me in…oooooh it’s the best feeling. I see a lot of outgoing, chatty, extravert kids. Ones that I have to reel in, to photograph. BUT- the ones I find most rewarding, are ones who make me work for it in the opposite way. The ones that I have to carefully and respectfully approach and gently earn their trust. To help them see I’m a safe person, and that we’re going to have fun, and laugh, and play, and it’s all entirely on their own comfort level. They call the shots. For me, when they loosen up, and show me their happy comfortable selves- it’s like a little bit of magic. The magic their parents see all the time, but is hidden away to strangers, and especially hard to capture in photographs. When these parents see the images and cry “oh my gosh, this is SO them!” there is nothing more satisfying to me, as I know I’ve captured their true essence and those are often the little quiet moments that mostly go unnoticed, but are even more beautiful than the loud ones.
These two adorable siblings are SO cute together I can hardly stand it. He is such a great big brother, so gentle with her, and the way he holds her hand, oooooh heart swooning! And when he laughs, oh my it’s seriously the best. Hopefully, when his sister is that age, she’ll find me as funny as he does. Although my goofball antics are often better suited for boys (since 3/4 of my kids are boys I seem more in tune with their humor) but what I’m sure I can count on, is his ability to make her laugh, and that’s even better.