June 12, 2015
Keeping up on my (current) commitment to taking more pictures of my life, I put the girls in dresses, and dragged them down the street to a picturesque grassy knoll. Little did I know they would both be overcome with allergies the moment they stepped on the grass. I would get them all set up, say ‘smile’ only to see them both shoving their fists in their eyeballs and rubbing. Smiling through tears and blowing noses into their sweaters. Good lord.
I cracked a joke about the torture I was putting them through and they dissolved into snorty, wet, giggles. I bark out “Look down, close your eyes, let them dry! 1… 2… 3… Look up, SUPER MODEL EYES!”
But it occurs to me that they have no concept of what a super model is, or what they do, or what super model eyes should look like. So I tell them to relax, and to get close. When photographing sibling relationships, it is super important to have them touching; bodies close, faces close. Contact between the subjects make the relationship much stronger visually. An easy way to achieve this with littles is to have them standing together on the same plane, and order them to hug. As they start to move you just snap, snap, snap, away.
Their faces red and puffy, our ten minute photo-shoot came to an end and back home we went. One of the few great things about retiring from professional photography, is the fact that I no longer spend weekends outdoors, squatting in all manner of flora that subsequently makes me break out in hives. I’m not an outdoorsy girl and never will be one. The main reason is my irresistibility to mosquitos, and my resulting mosquito allergy. When I was working on outdoor shoots I wouldn’t notice the discomfort as I was busy with the client. Then when the shoot wrapped up I would realize I am covered in mosquito bites and hives. Sexy.