I kinda planned this. And uh, I’ve done it before. It seems Father’s Day is the day I always attempt portraits of the girls with their father. And each time, I don’t quite get it right. I think it’s just that I don’t have enough practice getting them to interact naturally without bouncing around too much. Because these children bounce around so much. So much. We don’t have a backyard but we have a (fenced) rooftop. It’s amazing what can be turned into a jungle gym. Like, the metal cage thingy protecting a skylight is great for balance work.
(She’s standing on it.) Not pictured, the table that makes for a great jumping point, the bench and seats that are obviously made for walking… Not to forget the sectional that works for walking, tumbling, making forts. And of course, a dad lounging on the sectional is also a great source of entertainment…
And when they stop moving? They pose.
Not always very naturally. This was one of the first so their smiles weren’t frozen yet…
I think I need to read up on how to engage with my subjects to get natural smiles and laughs. And how to get them to act a little less crazy. They aren’t comfortable with a photographer they don’t know so there’s extra work to get them to open up. But with me? A little too comfortable, you know?
My kids like to act either crazy or pose-y when I try to take portraits too. Group photos take it to an even crazier extreme! I really like the last photo here though.
Yep, it’s so hard to get a natural, happy but rather calm picture!