I have a lot of people asking my if I ever take shots of Macie when she is smiling because she is plastered all over in my house, and on my website with these somber expressions. Well let me give you a behind the scenes look at what goes on when I take her pictures!
I have a last min cancellation for an orchard session. I decide that today is the only day that this is going to work w my girls so I curl Macies hair and argue about how i didn't mean to pull it but if she held still it would happen. I tell her to get dresses. She hates the outfit, it doesn't match, she wants to wear something else...I feed the baby, load the carriage, hair bows, ruffle romper and all 4 kids in the car, turn around because I forgot my camera...finally on our way....30 mins later then I wanted to be but I figure we will have plenty of time. Macie falls asleep on the way out there, her hair is static crazy and it is COLD! Not a good way to start out. So Jusitn keeps the baby in the car I haul the buggy and rest of the props out to the spot. Set up my camera, then ask Macie to get out so I can check my lighting. I also figure that I should try to get some good ones of her right then...I now that Kam will not last long in the weather....I tell her to look at me, sweet smile, I want to see my pretty girl...this is what I get....It was cold but not that cold and her fake shivers are ridiculously dramatised. I have her take a jog around the trees to get her blood pumping. Bad idea. She falls, comes back with sticks in her hair, a hole in her leggings and tears down her face. We recover from that...I lose my patience, yell and walk away. Finally after 45 mins out there we get Kambrie out settled I take 5 shots of them together(....this was my favorite because she was checking on her to make sure she wasn't too cold.) I snap a couple of her, in between the shivering, complaints... and the pouting, I cant forget about the pouting. :)
So Ill take the somber moody expressions from her because in reality that might be all I will get when I photograph her!!