It’s no secret that I have one child who likes the camera, and one that – politely put – does not enjoy taking pictures. Some of it is her age, and some of it is just her personality. I have learned that photographing her is different than photographing my oldest, and at first I was disappointed and frustrated at the lack of eye contact I got from her. I would jump and make silly noises and whip out any toy I could, just to get her to LOOK at the camera, let alone give me anything even slightly resembling a pleasant expression. She’s sort of sadistic, so sometimes if my husband stands behind me and pretended to smack me on the head (and I yell in mock pain), we’ll elicit a small smirk that way. But even that’s no guarantee.
However, what I’ve learned from her is that I can still take beautiful, meaningful photographs that don’t ALWAYS involve eye contact and smiles. For so long I really focused on subjects having a connection with the camera – when what I wish I’d been focusing on is capturing my subject’s connection with each other or with their surroundings. Don’t get me wrong, I clearly like to take “look at the camera and smile” pictures too! But I’ve also come to really appreciate different captures also. They can be so much more raw and real and emotive. And I have my stubborn, camera-eschewing youngest to thank for that revelation
Just two quick shots from this recent Florida trip that I love, even if she isn’t cheesing it up for my camera.
Thanks to everyone who has been so patient and understanding with my delayed times to return calls and emails. I am officially on top of everything now that I’m back in Michigan!