We had a lot of fun yesterday. This family hired us to photograph their two children (and a little bit with the parents) – and even though the weather wasn’t the most cooperative, we knocked out a really great session. More and more I’m… really enjoying photographing children and families and… the normal family photography jobs (the ones I honestly used to think were boring.)
I mean, clearly I like photographing people and then you combine that with the very real challenge of photographing active children running around – and it turns out to be much harder than you think to produce a decent set of photos all at a consistent level of quality – as in, not just a handful of good usable photos and 100’s of unusable photos that you blame on ‘the kids moving too fast’ or ‘not making a good face’.
Add to those factors – our own goal of delivering different photos – because we move around. A lot. And we don’t like to give 3 versions of the same photo just because they’re all clear. Different shots, different angles – different photos – no real padding to the set just to up the numbers.
Honestly? We don’t really give estimates on the number of photos we’ll deliver – partly to cover ourselves – but mostly because we’re confident that we’ll just ‘get the shots’. That’s what we’re paid for right? No excuses. In fact, if I ever felt like we totally blew a portrait session and all out sucked, I would give the money back and not deliver a set of sub-par photographs.
In the end, photographing families with crazy kids is awesome for me. Why? Because I shoot full manual it’s a constant challenge of settings (I just can’t seem to like shooting on aperture or shutter priority/auto.) Not only camera settings, but then also composition, focusing on the right area, moving around for a better/different shot, managing the moods of the children and giving them ideas on how to move, where to go, where to look – and the whole herding cats atmosphere. It’s awesome and crazy and difficult and fun. Yeah. All of those.