Last May I put a note into my little schedule program to remind myself to take portraits of the kids each year. I was reasonably happy with the pictures of the baby and the boys that I got last time, and in the absence of school photos, I thought some kind of regular portrait tradition wasn’t a bad idea.
In fact it’s probably a pretty good idea, but not always the most relaxing. This time around I found Ryan to be wonderfully amenable to the process and very photogenic. On our initial shoot, outside on a beautiful November day, I got multiple great pictures of him.
Nathan was upfront about not wanting to do the exercise at all, however. “I don’t like having my picture taken,” he told me multiple times, and it showed. As for Mica, she is just old enough to be busy doing other things and just young enough not to understand directions. Not a single shot of either of them did them justice.
My next attempt was somewhat later, inside, and that went better in the sense that Nathan had decided not to be quite so anti-photography. Maybe he clued in to the fact that we’d have to keep doing this as long as I was dissatisfied with the results.
Mica, on the other hand, is desperately interested in the camera and in seeing pictures on the little screen in the back. Getting her to sit still in front of the camera is a tricky and inevitably brief prospect.
So now I have to decide… Do I really need a portrait of the baby? I mean, two out of three isn’t bad, right?