As Mother’s Day approaches, I reflect on the most precious things I have of my kids, which are easily my memories of them caught in photographs. This particular shoot was birthed from a special request by our good friend and awesome photographer Gracci Palaez. Gracci was looking for someone to contribute images specifically about boys fashion to her popular blog The Stylish Tot. I happily jumped on board.
We photograph our boys all the time, however, it was the first time we really “photographed” them, like we would a client. This meant we started visioning and scripting ideas. It also meant hauling out the BIG guns, lights, batteries and stands. Of course it meant that I *had* to go shopping (which I did happily!) specifically for the “look”. But it also meant negotiating outfits between opposing opinions (it took all my skills to convince Tobi to suffer through no more than 5 frames wearing a scarf), and pep talking expectations into a 7 and 5 year old. Anyone with little boys knows how hard it is to corral bundles of energy to do your will.
For all the work and effort we put into this shoot, I am soooo excited about the results. Our vision was to create high-end editorial, magazine-like imagery, in a non-studio background that encapsulated each boy’s personality. From a photographer’s point of view, I think we pulled it off. From a proud mama’s point of view, I couldn’t ask for a better Mother’s Day gift to myself. :o)
For you photographers interested in our lighting setup:
As you can see by the image below, the natural light of the day resulted in rather drab and boring skies.
THIS is why we love crafting our own light!
A few more of my faves:
Dave and I are SO inspired after this shoot. We are itching to create more of these portraits for kids! So if there are any parents out there who would love to have a session like this of their own kids, please don’t hesitate to drop us an email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Can’t wait to hear from you!