UPDATE: This post was made as Shinn Shots Photography and does not represent the style or goals of Blue Space Photography. Because I believe in knowing where you’ve come from, I’ve left this here as a reminder of the journey that led me to where I am today. I now only shoot storytelling sessions, so be sure to check out my current work in more recent posts! – Lauren
Earlier this month I got an email from a client of mine, Cathryn, asking me to join her for a photography play date at the park. This woman has a very big heart. Not only did she convince her brother and his wife to let their four kids stay with her (in addition to three kids she already calls her own), but she decided to surprise them with some portraits of their kids!
And was I willing to take on a photo shoot with seven kids? You betcha! And I had a blast 🙂
The oldest cousin, Collin, was way too cool for me. That happens around the age of 10. For some reason, with kids this age, I stop being funny and start being weird. You can tell from the first shot below that he was not best pleased to have me stalking him with my camera. That’s the look that says “I’m smiling but I really hate you for it.” It’s ok though…I won him over eventually. I knew I stood a chance when I saw him cooing over his baby cousin, Mark. I love watching the cool kids show their sweet side.
Collin was still a tough kid to break, though. He was the only one who didn’t crack a smile during our “Make ‘Em Laugh” game where the rest of the family tries to get the person in the hot seat to smile. But, a funny thing happens when you’re trying desperately not to smile…the real smiles manage to sneak out when the photographer finally declares you the winner of “Make ‘Em Laugh” and then says you have to give a smile anyway for the picture. I love his real sweet smile in the second shot below.
The second oldest cousin, Camden loved the camera and was happy to play and to be caught in the lens. I got a bunch of wonderful happy pictures like this one the first one below. But sometimes, the pictures I like the best aren’t the smiling one. My favorite portrait of Camden, and one of my favorite all-time portraits to date, is the second one below. With that red hair and those amazing brown eyes, he is handsomely stunning.
Rylyn, the oldest girl, was a firecracker! She was a little unsure of me at first, but once I won her over (which didn’t take long), she couldn’t wait to be in front of the camera. She told me all kids of stories and wanted nothing more than to play, play, play! Rylyn was so much fun and a joy to photograph.
The youngest of the family, Mackenna, was an absolute doll. She was a little shy to begin with, but once she saw that her siblings approved, she had fun swinging and smiling at me. Or maybe it was funny to see me lying on the ground right below her swinging feet that convinced her that I was ok. Either way, after she warmed up to me, I got tons of smiles! What a cutie!
I even got some cute shots of Cathryn’s kids while we were there. Poor baby Mark was confined to the car seat most of the time. But it’s ok…he got a turn at his very own photo session that weekend! (Stay tuned for his portraits to be posted soon.)
We even managed to get a shot of all the kids together. Many thanks to Cathryn for her fabulous entertaining! I’m posting several because when I look at the series of them together, I can’t help but laugh.
I’m not sure what their favorite part of the afternoon was, but the best part for me was getting tackled by all the kiddos! I think I enjoy it because it means that they’re all having a great time and that, despite being the photographer, I’ve won them over. Here’s one of the last things I saw before they took me out!
Thanks Cathryn, for inviting me along to a wonderful afternoon in the park with your family. I had a fabulous time 🙂