Being an outdoor family photographer in Denver is interesting. If I head into the foothills or further, the sun will go down behind a mountain before sunset. When that happens I don’t know, it depends on my location. It’s like the sun wants nothing to do with me and my camera trying to do my job. This little girl felt the same way as the sun. She wanted nothing to do with me or my camera. When I approached her she put her hand up and said NO.
She was such a character to work with, only 2 years old and already showing traits of being strong and willful. Thankfully she is also only 2 and likes to have fun outside. I managed to sneak a few smiles out of her.
Her older brother was a delight to work with. Not overly enthusiastic about being photographed, but certainly tolerated me. I had a fun conversation with him about the joy of blowing things up on the computer. I love that I don’t have to grow up in my job and I can discuss computer games, farts and blowing things up!
Photography has changed a lot through the last years. We are moving away from where everyone wear the same color clothes (think black shirts and jeans) to creating real memories. The photographer meets you in your environment, in casual and comfortable clothes and lets you and your kids be you. Playing, having fun and remembering what your kids liked and loved at this age. Not just how they looked.
Kids want to play, run, skip and hop. And frankly, that is their job right now. We should not get in the way of that and tell them to sit down and smile. Wait for them to get ready. If you do, you get beautiful memories created of your amazing children and an even more amazing family.
I absolutely love incorporating all family members into the session. Whether it is a dog, cat or in this case a couple of horses.
After a whole session of little girl giving me the stink eye and telling me to shoo, and fun conversation with older brother about blowing things up it is time to sit down and relax. I love how each persons character shows in this image. Not to mention the beautiful light we got towards the end.