More Moms and Dads in the Picture Please | Orange County Family Photographer
One of my favorite parts of photographing families is showcasing moms and dads, sans kiddos, in the frame.
During a session, I'll make it a point to pull them aside (usually when the little ones show signs of restlessness) and ask the kids to hang out or play nearby, so that I can have some fun with the two people who are so often not in photos at the same time.
I have yet to shoot a couple who has not been into it.
Sometimes when I make the suggestion that "It's just going to be you, Mom and Dad," I'll get surprised looks followed by confusion, or off-handed remarks about taking engagement photos all over again.
I love that!
If taking a photo with your spouse or partner confuses you, or if the last time you took photos together was during your engagement or wedding, then something's not right!
And guys, I'm not talking about the casual snapshot when you're both giddy at the mic in front of the karaoke screen on your only wild night out, or the inevitable, haggard-looking selfie taken in the shadow of the Magic Kingdom as your strapped-in kid in your precariously-tipped stroller is wailing in the background.
I'm talking about a decent, well lit, moment-in-time photograph of the two of you so lost in each other's company that you forget about the camera all up in your face, or the photog, moi, who momentarily orders you to "Hold it!" in awkward or uncomfortable positions. Repeatedly.
Understandably, most of us are not comfortable being put on the spot like that.
Cuz unless you’re livin’ like the Teigen-Legend's, couples photography, no matter how natural and blissful it can look, very likely does not feel natural at all to even the most blissful of couples.
Good thing I'm armed with tricks up my sleeve that I'm ready to pull out if need be. Tricks, or rather, tips that draw out and enhance what already exists.
Don’t bother asking any of these moms and dads to spill the beans because I have them sworn to secrecy.
Just make sure you book me for a family sesh one of these days and I’ll make sure to let you in on the secret.
Here's one for posterity — the very first photo taken of us.
Back when we first started dating.
Back when we were babies.
My, how time flies.