Just For Fun ~ A Short Story
I haven’t done children portraiture in years, and I do NOT miss it. I’ve paid my dues, I even had my own studio for a while. I enjoyed it for a while but I didn’t love it 100%. Life is too short to be stuck doing something you don’t love. I moved on!
That said, I like kids and they usually like me.
When I was at the WAM last Saturday working on my “Museum Goers” project, I followed this family around for a while and photographed them candidly (hey, I’m a street photographer, that’s what we do!) I had fun watching the mom trying to gather them to do a family portrait. They were not cooperating, to say the least. I engaged her in a conversation and told her that your own children are usually your toughest subjects. We chatted for a while and I offered to take a couple of snapshots of them in a large room with nice window light, just for fun! They posed nicely for me instantly for the first pic (their mom was very surprised how cooperative they were!) Then I told them that they were a bit too serious and to act silly again, and I framed the second shot (I think that one of them will be an actress soon!) I emailed the mom the high res images today. She and her husband were thrilled and I was happy to make someone happy. And I keep a fun memory of my museum encounter on Saturday afternoon. Win-win! 🙂
And I guess they could have very well been a part of my Beautiful Smiles of Strangers series which I just completed!
Shot with the Fuji x100s