For those of you that follow the blog and the posts, you will recognize this princess. This is my 4th shoot with this little peach and her mama. She has warmed up to me more and more each time and this time we got the most smiles and the most opportunities of her looking right at me! Although, I still think some of the ones in which she isn’t looking at the camera are some of my favorites, my heart melts when I find in post processing that she was really looking at me like I thought she was!
If you have done a shoot with me before with your children, you may notice how chaotic they can get some times. Often a lot of running, kneeling, chasing is involved to get the best shots and sometimes just to keep the child in the general vicinity that you want them in. I feel the frustration of a lot of parents thinking “I don’t know what these pictures are going to turn out like because this is shear chaos! Post processing comes and I finally have a chance to look at everything and know that either we got it or we didn’t. The rare times that a re-shoot is involved when said child is just not having a good day does come but most of the time we get photogenic gold. I think a lot of these are just that!
This was the second “staged shoot” I have done with this princess. In October, she was Alice in Wonderland; now for a lack of a better title, I called this one the Vintage Travel shoot. It all started with the dress her mom found on e-bay and all the props stemmed from there. The red frame appearing to hang was actually hanging from my backdrop frame. Although I think that it was too big for this little one and it didn’t translate the way I wanted it to, I think I will try this one again. Two of the vintage cameras were her mother’s and one was mine. The trunk was actually on loan from Ms. Annie Harrison and the suitcases and chairs all came from an antique store.
I love staged shoots and I can’t wait to do more of them in the future! You have an idea for the shoot, let me know and we will round up the props! It all starts from a vision of one person and goes from there.
Thanks guys for another AMAZING session! I look forward to working with you again soon! It truly melted my heart when the car door opened and I hear my princess say “Hi, Ms. Rebecca” without prompting!