My Little People…

Well, they’re not mine per say, but as their aunt I feel entitled to call them mine.  I mean after all, I did have to put up with their mother growing up.  I kid…for the most part.  There is an 8 year difference between my sister and I.  At least I think it is.  Maybe 9…I’d be lying if I said I was good at keeping exact track of her age. I remember her birthday, so I consider that a feat in itself.  Anyway, let’s just say that sibling rivalry was high in my younger days.

The nephew.  He likes me a lot more these days than back then.

The nephew. He likes me a lot more these days than he did back then.

With that….I broke these pictures out, because I was thinking about the photo shoot I have today.  Again, I’d be nothing but lying if I said that I wasn’t nervous.  It is not that I’m nervous about shooting a person.  Yes, I probably should have used a different word, but come on.  Anyway, I’ve shot plenty of people.  I’m always nervous about that in the fact that I want to do the best job possible; especially, when they are paying me money.  This one is different.

The shoot today is for a modeling portfolio.  That is a new task for me.  Not only have I not done this type of shoot before, it is also my first real paying shoot that is not via a friend.  Even the wedding was technically a friend. This one is a stranger that I’ve never interacted with other than arranging this shoot.  This shoot.  That is the other thing that makes me nervous.  At no fault of mine, this is our fourth attempt at making this happen.  That is a soapbox, so I’ll digress.

My nieces and nephew were the first two-legged people who I ever actually shot with a DSLR in a really trying kind of moment.  It may be just me, but to really capture people, there really has to be a connection.  Not necessarily with the person directly, but the moment itself.

A fellow blogger, that has given me advise whilst on this journey of my blog, has imprinted a quote in my mind.  I can’t directly quote it at this moment, but I find it to be true.  My basic take….to get a good shot, you’ve got to be in the moment and if the moment’s not there…if you’re not there…the picture’s not right.  So, so true.  The moment, the subject, and myself need to be right or there really is no point in us continuing.

The oldest with the youngest, the day she was born.  These days she's too cool for her aunt, but she is nine. So I guess it is to be expected.

The oldest with the youngest, the day she was born. These days she’s too cool for her aunt, but she is nine. So I guess it is to be expected.

Here’s to a successful shoot.  Not just so that I can produce satisfaction for my client, but so that I can develop skills on all aspects of this ride.  Let’s do this.

My favorite shot and my favorite little face.  This girl....she's a 100% like her aunt.  That could be dangerous.

My favorite shot and my favorite little face. This girl….she’s a 100% like her aunt.  Creative.  Story telling. Animated.  That could be dangerous.

Montana Rose Photography

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