This evening I met with two super nice kids to take their senior pictures. Richard and Valerie were really easy going and I had a lot of fun working with them to create these images. However, if I had to do it again, I would have scheduled them separately and then scheduled a third shorter shoot to get some images of them together.
Usually having your portrait taken isn’t the most comfortable thing to do. You’ve got some guy you don’t know (me) pointing this huge camera at your face and asking you to “smile”, “look like your having fun”, “relax”. How you can really relax in a situation like this. Truthfully, I don’t think you can, and that’s why it’s nice to have at least an hour to work someone. In the beginning it is awkward, but you push through it and eventually you get to know each other and people start to loosen up. Usually, towards the end of the session is when you start to get some of the best images. Images where the subject is relaxed, and really having a good time.
This session did not work that way. Richard and Valerie showed up with their older sister, who is a super nice person. But this created a situation where I was the outsider. This made it hard for me to get a conversation going and start to get to know the subjects. Part of it is me needing to develop my small talk skills, but part of it was the fact that there were two other people there that they were more comfortable with. During the session we would switch between brother and sister and when they weren’t with me they were hanging out with big sis. This meant that every time I got one of them in front of the camera it was like they were sitting there for the first time again.
As much as I think this could have been better, I do think we came away with some nice images. I’d love to hear what you think. Leave you comments in the comment area at the bottom of the post.