Ages & Stages
She started with "cheese." At three, Ms. C had clearly mastered the art of smiling for the camera: she knew what to do and was eager to show me. She struggled with the timing, but did her best to anticipate the click of my camera to shout "cheese." As our time together progressed, I suggested "pizza" and she was happy to try something different. Before we were done, she had tried both "Sophia" and "Chipper"--the names of her new cats--and then switched to "Goldie"--my dog's name.
As long as she felt like she was running the show, little Ms. C was obviously pleased to be the center of attention. Her big brother, Mr. C, was just as obviously participating under duress. His friends were running around the neighborhood on this beautiful fall day and his attention was easily distracted. He is ten years old and he had better things to do than sit still for the camera. His refrain, mostly unspoken, but nonetheless obvious, was "Are we done here?"
As is so often the case, Mom was anxious that her kids weren't exactly cooperating and the pictures were going to be ruined. The truth is that it was okay that her kids were being kids--that's actually what I expect and want! One of the things that inspires me is figuring out how to get some great images that also feel authentic to your kid's personality right now. The best way for me to do that is to just let them do their thing (as long as I don't take too long!) and guide them in ways they, hopefully, don't even notice.
And Mom couldn't believe how fantastic the pictures were when she saw them!
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