Making the park...Interesting
Wednesday, June 4, 2008 - "Just Because" PortraitsSoooo....how do you keep a park interesting? Seriously? Parks are nice and they are always great to go to for some nice trees and grass. But for creative minded people such as us - it can be - well challenging. Because you know, there are just trees and grass. :) Well, we always like a creative challenge, and for this family shoot for Dave from Infinet Design, we really wanted to make their socks rock! Dave and his wife Cathy love the outdoors, so we went to one of our local parks and although we have photographed in this spot many times before - we wanted to show this family for what they really were! A ton of fun! We literally stayed in a spot of a few hundred yards for this entire hour and a half shoot. I am so thrilled and pleased with the results! Sometimes it's really great to just simplify the situation and make the most out of backgrounds using the people that you have in front of you. Looking for unique expressions and interactions is key to making a scenario like this work.
We knew Dave and Cathy were a little nervous about the shoot, as this was the first time we had photographed them, and they were worried how Ethan, their 18 month old would be for us. But we literally didn't give them much direction at all and just let them play in the trees and grass as if they were just out on a family outing to the park. Ethan was so funny because he would yell for his "momma" every time she was out of sight! He is such a little momma's boy - even when Dave tried to hold him for some shots Ethan would yell at him and reach out for Cathy. Oh those opinionated toddlers! We are just so tickled with how these shots turned out - seriously Joel is tickling me right now! :) - just kidding - but we loved our little session with these guys - can't wait to photograph you all again!
This was Ethan's look for most of the shoot - he would wrinkle up his nose all funny like and show his teeth to us - he looked like a little growling bear! And super Kate in the background, she was dainty and princess like in her super cute little dress. It's funny too, cause we found out how Dave and Cathy didn't want her to be a princess type little girl - and now she is and they love it!