I recently had two family Christmas photo shoots back to back. They were both unique, so I will write about the second one in another post.
The first one involved a new member of the family for a couple whose maternity photos I shot last year. I was happy that they requested me again for these photos, as they must have been pleased with their past experience.
Reese is the little munchkin that has joined their family. Super adorable and sweet! A pleasure to photograph, despite occasional grumpiness due to teething pain. Unfortunate timing with the teething, but I think I got a great bunch of photos during the happier times. His parents were armed with tools to distract him from his pain. Along with toys and food, I was happy to discover that my reflector also served this purpose, but he seemed to think it was a yoga mat!
Reese was quite mobile and kept moving all around, which was probably the worst obstacle. I had a small space to work with and only so many places to put lights, so he ventured too close (not in a dangerous sort of way, just bad lighting-wise) to them or turned his back to them often. I can thank my editing software, Lightroom 3, for being able to recover details in those moments that he wandered into the harsh light. Considering my obstacles, I came away with some pretty nice shots. I especially love the ones where Reese is strategically positioned in front of the Christmas tree with all the presents and even an Elmo doll. So cute!
We also managed to get a few family shots with all three of them together. Reese was easier to photograph on his own, simply because I could follow him around while he did pretty much what he wanted to. It was more difficult to get him to willingly participate when it was time for family photos.
He has a pretty cute grumpy face, so we made sure to capture a few of those, which will surely embarrass him in the future. Hehehe! I will spare him by not posting those here, and leave it up to his parents to make those photos public as they choose. Perhaps when they are introduced to his first girlfriend? 🙂
As for what else I will post, let’s leave you with the fun side of Reese and the serious side… side-by-side.