It is not often that you read about how a photoshoot progresses...so I am making up for it by describing something of my recent shoot with Rebekah and her son.
As parents we all too often take lots of pictures of our children. We particularly take pictures of the 'firsts'. From the first smile to first steps, the first tooth to their first ride of a bicycle without stabilisers. Then first day at school, girl or boyfriend, prom and so on...
Well, Rebekah brought her son for a first shoot with a professional photographer.
To start with he was not too keen. Thankfully I my photoshoots are fairly relaxed and I give lots of time for everyone, yes everyone, to get used to the camera, lights and so on.
As you can see from the shot above initially he was not impressed.
So it was time to get used to me and the camera. My wife was on hand to entertain too...all hands on deck to get a happier look.
In the meantime Rebekah went ahead and got some lovely shots by herself.
It is difficult for Mum when she knows her little man is not enjoying himself. But with some balls and a few coloured balloons he soon came around.
Oh, and those boxes...what a great purchase they were!!!
The balloons and balls were a great hit. Sorting them into colours distracted him enough to relax and enjoy himself.
Interaction between parent and child is just as important as getting eye contact..in this lovely shot you can almost here the conversation about colours!
Of course, life is always better with a biscuit!
An hour into the shoot and we have great shots coming thick and fast!
Looking back in years to come Rebekah the memories of the balls, biscuits and balloons will make such a lovely talking point for her and her son. So keeping relevant props in shots is very useful.
Rebekah limits biscuits so that they are a real treat. In this shoot her had two....by the end of the second he looked like this.
I hope that you have a great day!