We've had some abysmal weather over the past few days ... winter just won't let go around here ... strong wind, rain, snow, hail, sleet ... rapidly changing skies.
Despite this, over two days this last week, my friend Shawna volunteered her family (herself, her two daughters aged about 20 months and 4 years, and her partner) as test subjects for my first family shoot.
I needed a specific couple of shots for my unit 4 project photographs, and Shawna and her family were willing and able to offer two requirements: A young child, and a group of three or more people. Of course, I shot a whole bunch of other types of shots, too!
So a great big thank you goes to Shawna, who is also a photographer, for helping me with the supreme tasks of herding cats ... I mean, corralling the children ... and suggesting locations, poses, etc.
I'm not familiar with children - don't have any, don't come into contact with many! So, despite my valiant efforts at friendliness and approachability on their level, I think they smell the fear in the air, and often leave me stumped for ideas of what to do next, how to elicit a smile, how to distract a child that's fixedly staring at the ground, etc!
That said, I think I got a few good ones ...