One of my favourite things to do is to work with people who are not a big fan of being in front of the camera, it will often be a a child, mainly boys, or the Dad…I know it sounds ridiculous, but in all honesty, the more you hate being there, the more fun I will have with you.
There’s great joy in a challenge for me so the minute I discover that this session is the last thing you wanted to do today, I start planning in my head all the different ways I can make this fun for you!
When I met the Menzie’s family in Eltham, I had spoken to Mum Taryn on the phone a couple of times and we had emailed back and forth a bit in preparation, but we hadn’t really talked about who in the family wasn’t super keen. This is completely normal, I actually like it to be a surprise sometimes.
So session day comes around, and I meet Balin. A cheeky, uninterested 10 year old who pretty much said no to me from the very first second. I knew from the look on his face that he didn’t want to be there, but he had just enough spunk to not be afraid of putting his foot down and saying no…so yep, you guessed it, he was my target and lucky Balin was going to be in so many more photos that everyone else 😉 It was my mission to get a laugh out of him, to get him to relax and of course, to get him to have fun!
Families like the Menzies bring out my very best Dad jokes and I love to get a laugh out of them, and it wasn’t difficult at all. The first shot in camera was of them all laughing together and the scene was set for the afternoon.
There were cuddles, there was endless laughter, there was awkward teenagers and unimpressed boys, then there was little Miss Cadence who was all over this photo thing. She smiled and giggles, she cuddles and was full of energy. This was her time to shine, and shine she did!
We had muscle competitions and silly jokes, and then there was visiting photobombing dogs who brought on the biggest laughs I’d seen yet. This session was so much fun, the sun was shining, the love was all over these 5 and I could not wait to get home and sort through the magic that happened! AND Balin had fun! Mission complete!
Menzies family, you guys are awesome! Thank you so much for sharing your afternoon with me and for choosing me as your family photographer. I hope we get to do it again one day!