You pick up a few things here and there when the mother of your children is a photographer. Whether you want to or not ;-). A couple of weeks ago I turned to Jake and said, “You know what would make me really happy that wouldn’t cost any money?” His ears perked up. This was a win win here! I was buttering him up. What I wanted was a little photoshoot of me and Ransom together. How could he say no to that? Let me pause here and let you in on something. My husband is the opposite of me when it comes to photography. Let me explain. Obviously I’m the photographer and he’s not, but aside from that I LOVE to stop on the side of the road during a road trip for a photo op. He HATES stopping on the side of the road for a photo op. I LOVE planning outfits for our own family photos and being photographed together or photographing the boys. He HATES doing family photos (not unlike most of the husbands in the families that I photograph). It’s not that he hates photos, he just doesn’t like taking the time to make them happen. I keep telling him he’s going to thank me when he’s sixty. So when I prefaced my request by saying it was something that would make me really happy and would also be free, and also did not insist that we do these photos right now, I knew he’d probably be much more amenable than he usually is to my schemes (which are usually not so nicely introduced and are usually this instant kinds of requests). And I was right! I’m learning… I asked if we could do them the following Sunday, you know, because I would already have makeup on. Who wants to waste perfectly good time and energy on great hair and makeup on a day when no one else will see you?? Not those who have small infants! I also made sure to be very kind and thorough as I was giving my instructions, because let’s face it, when you’re photographing a photographer and you are NOT a photographer, there can be some pressure, which could lead to a fight. Not that this has ever happened to us… I was very nice, and he understood how much these photos meant to me, so he really gave it his best effort. And the photos came out exactly as I imagined! Thanks Babe!
Also I’m sorry if you are reading this and you are NOT a photogapher and these kinds of photos would make you really happy but not for free. Kinda. Call me!
You may have noticed that we do lots of photos on my bed. This is because this part of our house has the best light. We live in one of those older homes that has lots of character, but is unfortunately somewhat dark. Our master bedroom window isn’t blocked by any trees and lets in some very lovely light, so there my friends is where we shoot. Enjoy these photos of me and my littlest man, side-lit by my bedroom window.