I'm usually up for a challenge. When it comes to photography, I definitely like a challenge! And when it comes to photography and someone who does not want his picture taken, I take it as a personal challenge. It is no longer about photography, but about getting the reaction I want. Then I can take the picture.
Such was the case this past February at the Mother/Daughter Encouragement Weekend. I set up my portrait studio in the church's library, and had a great time snapping images of mothers and their daughters throughout the weekend. Then one family walked in to have their portrait taken--one mom, along with her five daughters. It took just one look--that littlest one (I'm guessing around three years old) did not want to be there. There was no way I was going to get her picture. If I remember correctly, her arms were crossed and she was determined.
I had only minutes with this family, since I had moms coming in with their daughters all throughout the conference. This was not my typical hour-long photo shoot. Two minutes, one family picture, done. I had to work fast.
So, I played Guess Your Name. Jackpot! She thought that was pretty funny, and I had her laughing in no time with all the girl names I was thinking up. Once she was laughing, I quickly got the ladies arranged around their mom, and snapped away. I got a decent shot, and you can see Haley, in the black dress with red bow, laughing as I snapped this shot.
Whew! As I started chatting with the mom, Katie (to Haley's right) climbed up on the stool where her mom had been sitting. She dangled her legs and was having a great time. Haley thought that that'd be pretty fun, too, so she climbed right on up next to her sister. Their mom and I noticed, of course, and tried to pose them. Haley didn't like that, but once her mom got her situated next to her sister, I got her laughing again. Thank goodness my camera still had all the right settings and was sitting there, waiting!
Mom suggested, "Haley, kiss your sister!" I guess Haley settled into her good mood at that point, because she turned on the stool and gave her sister a great big hug. Another opportunity!
Katie was so cute as she just sat there and "took it" from her sister. And then the moment:
Three awesome shots. Those were the hardest shots I'd worked for in a long time, and the best images from the entire weekend. Thanks for playing with me, Haley!
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