“I’d love some shots of my kids but they would never sit still long enough!”
Mothers often say this to me (and not just mothers of boys!)
So here is a story.
Once upon a time, not so long ago…about two weeks actually, there was a beautiful angelic blonde boy…we’ll call him Action Boy! Action Boy’s mum wanted some nice portrait shots for her walls so off I went to photograph them in their garden on a sunny spring evening. Action Boy had other ideas. He was not very interested in being photographed and preferred to run around shooting zombies with a variety of his prized Nerf Guns. Who can blame him? Sounds much more fun than being photographed right? Especially when you’re six.
And actually I kind of agree with him, because as nice as posed portraits are they don’t really capture the full personality of a child or their parents. So I let Action Boy do his thing and followed with my camera. He was delighted to show off his football skills, his tree-climbing prowess and his impressive Nerf Gun collection. In fact my favourite shot of the session occurred right here, milliseconds before a foam bullet pinged off my head!
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Action Boy has an Action Dad, who also preferred racing around the garden to posing nicely, so I took full advantage!
And in between we got the shots that mum wanted too.
So everyone was happy.