I met Neal late last year through our local networking chapter of BNI. Although we had both learned a lot through the group, in 2015 we moved on to other opportunities. Just recently, Neal reached out and asked for a family photo shoot with his sister and their kids, Raelyn (Neal’s daughter) and Gia (Jenna’s daughter) both three and only three months apart in age.
It’s a mystery to me at times how kids, especially close cousins, interact. These two girls were more like sisters than cousins, quickly explained by the closeness in age. The fine line of interaction was laced with continuous motion – in and out of each other’s little space, smiling and laughing. At first Gia was a no-go. Dead set on looking in any other direction, besides at me. Now this is where my photographer super patience sets in. Kids, when they are adamantly determined, it is best to just leave them be. I see my clients struggle to get their children to “Watch the birdie!” (No I don’t have a birdie! Can you honestly picture me with that???) or cave to bribery “If you look at the camera, mommy will give you a treat” – believe me, we have all been there, myself included. Youngsters, especially toddlers, have their own agenda and 99% of the time it have absolutely nothing to do with their parents.
The group shots – not perfectly posed. But honestly, that is not my style anyways. I look for candid moments, those times that years down the road you will re-visit and remember how unruly they were, but look at those smiles! Life is not perfect, filled with bumps, bruises and loads of fun! So what if they didn’t sit still? Maybe next year they will!
Before this shoot, I had really debated on throwing in the photography towel. There we go everyone! Heather Webster Photography flapping in the breeze. Oh crap! And to my ever budding dismay, everyone suggests being a wedding photographer (“There is REAL money there!”) but that is vehemently not ME. I have so many colleagues that thrive in that environment and blow me away in terms of the result and I am proud of them and what they have accomplished. I would prefer to stand tall and say “I am an editorial photographer!” “I am a portrait and fashion photographer!” “I am a commercial photographer!” and sorry not a wedding photographer! Trying to wade across the current is more difficult, but worth it. So thanks to Neal, Jenna, their mom Lynn, Raelyn and Gia – I am back and staying. Go me :).