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I’ve photographed people of all age groups in the studio and outside, but children are the biggest challenge…by far. I have incredible respect for child photographers who do studio shots for a living. I’d probably go crazy. It’s not like an adult model because you can’t give them direction; they do the exact opposite. Even pets listen better to direction on photo shoots! So when it comes to photo shoots with kids: they’re in control of the shoot and there’s no doubt about that. Forget about working out at the gym that day; you’ll get your workout on the photo shoot. Another perk: good birth control.
Anyway…don’t get me wrong…I love doing photo shoots with kids or I wouldn’t be doing them. I let them do their thing and I run around chasing them to get the shots. I’d imagine that it’s probably a pretty funny sight to the passerby. I like to candidly capture their random energy, curiosity, and goofiness. Doing the photo shoot and then looking at the photos afterwards really awakens something inside of me. Their expressions and actions are genuine. They’re not trying to impress anyone and they don’t give a crap about how they look on the camera. They’re just pure, raw, and full of life.
I left LA in the morning and headed up the 101 with my next stop in Lompoc, CA to visit my old roommate Andy and his family. Andy and I lived together for the two years when I lived in the Mojave Desert working as a biologist for the U.S. Army. It’s been at least 4 years since I last saw Andy and in that time, he and his wife had gotten married and had two little boys! Time sure does fly.
After getting settled, we went to a great Japanese restaurant and stuffed ourselves silly. When we returned, their oldest son found great interest in my camera. We had a fun time taking photos (both serious and goofy). It was fun just hanging out and then it was sleep time. I went to sleep much earlier than I usually do, but didn’t really sleep. Little did I know what the night had in store for me….