Picture the scene. An apple orchard/pumpkin patch/art exhibit all-in-one location in the middle of a scenic mountain view. A mild October day with a warm breeze. Children on a blanket, listening intently to their beautiful teacher as she performs songs and puppet shows, tells stories of princesses and magic, and even serves up a perfectly cut apple as a healthy midday snack.
It’s kind of like this, in fact:
What most contact sheets and photo exhibits don’t show is the blooper reels. The behind the scenes. What a photo scene looks like when you take out all of that..behaving and listening and having perfect settings. When chaos reigns supreme. I dig that.
I’ve only taken a kid to work once. Des was just a baby and it was for a book cover, (Link HERE!!) in which I checked with the client first and she encouraged that I strap him on my stomach and meet her at our location. She wrote about the experience!
Mostly though, I leave them home so that I can work in peace and professionalism and not endure their constant requests to crash other families’ holiday photos as if they’re members of my clients’ families (cough cough…Scarlet) or mess around with the props until umbrella lights are falling and fragile mail-order only glass bulbs are breaking (cough cough..Des). Both are true stories.
And so, with not even the merest regret, I usually leave the kids at home.
Unless I’m approached by a friend who needs extra kids as props in her professional photos! And with the exception of Des throwing markers around the grass and blankets…and Scarlet getting upset that I wouldn’t let her wear her glittery Minnie Mouse ears in the shoot…and with my friend’s near two-year-old running so amok around the location that he was fully banned from any of the photos..Other than those minor issues, the photo shoot went on with nary a hitch! She held their attention pretty well.
And then when we were done, the fun really started for the kids. Singing, dancing, and random outdoor mirror house play.
And it became a photo shoot of its own. A natural, candid, and most wonderfully un-professional photo shoot.
I’m Asking Him To Change
Spontaneous mirror dancing in an orchard, because really? What could be finer?
This was before Des could walk and dance. I think next time will be even better for him.
And I’m going to let you in on a little secret, but you can’t tell Scarlet! Ready? Ok. Santa is bringing Scarlet a Disney trip for Christmas! She really has no idea what she’s in for in January..
I can’t wait to tell her! I will take photos.
He’ll be happy too. He may even sleep his way through the theme parks the way he slept his way through most of the summer/fall fairs.
And then, of course, we have random face sculptures in the ground right by our photo shoots.
And that concluded our “It Got Weird, Didn’t It?” photo shoot.
Thank you, Michelle, for always loving my photos and for gently talking Scarlet out of her Minnie Mouse ears. I love opening my mailbox around this time of year and getting holiday cards from you with my photos on them. I love having my photo on your husband’s album cover: