Up on the blog today is Deanne and her daughter Ila. A few months back you may recall I'd taken their photographs at the Arboretum at Penn State. When the ad went up for Christmas Mini's, Dee was one of the first people to reach out. Dee and I grew up in the same area, and graduated from Wyalusing Jr/Sr High School together. It doesn't seem like long ago, but 21 years had passed between the time I'd seen her last and the first photo session. It's an interesting coincidence that we're roughly 3 hours from where we grew up and yet live just 20 minutes from each other now.
That's one of the great things about having a photography studio here in Spring Mills. I get to meet new people all the time and to keep in touch with old friends. Having the freedom to operate out of my own home is like a dream come true. I can't wait to grow here and become a larger part of the community.
Ila, on the other hand, is not a fan of having her photo taken. During the summer, she spent the majority of our time crying, and Dee was a trooper about the whole thing. Photographing kids, no matter how young or old they may be, requires patience and persistence. The first thing I learned? Never take just one shot. Hit that shutter two or three times. You never know what kind of facial expression you may catch that you totally missed with your eye behind the camera.
Sometimes, you just say something funny, even if you didn't intend for it to be that way.
Most of the time though, I think my humor goes over the head of the infants. I tend to get the thousand yard stare...and a little drool.
Mostly though, she just played the good sport and let us treat her like a little babie doll and move her around. Getting her limbs to do what we wanted though was never going to happen. She tended to wiggle around like one of those giant inflatable flailing arm guys you see at car dealerships.
All in all though, I think she and her mom did a fantastic job, and I'm honored that they chose me to capture these important moments.