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Spring Portraits

May 2, 2009

It was a gorgeous day today, with clouds scudding across the sky and softening the glare of the sun intermittently. I thought I might try to take a few portraits of the kids, something I try to do each spring/summer and fall/winter, since I have this freaky aversion to school pictures. So I did the Mom thing and made them put on matching outfits, and then marched them out into the cow pasture, sans shoes and dodging cow patties, to sit on a rotting tree stump.

It would have made a pretty picture–the Blue Ridge in the background, dramatic clouds in the sky, field covered with a blanket of buttercups, and my two gorgeous kids front and center of it all.

Lawson, though, just wouldn’t cooperate. He’s at that age where he has forgotten how to “act natural” in front of the camera. He grimaces instead of smiling. He shuts his eyes and won’t open them because they’re very light sensitive. When we try the “one-two-three–open on three method” he forgets to open them and smile at the same time…it’s always one or the other. It’d be pretty funny, if it weren’t so frustrating. Here’s an example photograph:


I finally gave up on this shot (the sun wouldn’t cooperate, either, and go back behind the clouds, anyway) and tried a few others, instead, where Lawson wasn’t turned toward the light. They were a little different, but they worked out. I’ll try this one some other time.

Look...they look like they actually sort of like each other.

Look...they look like they actually sort of like each other.



2 Comments leave one →
  1. May 3, 2009 2:58 pm

    Way to make the best of a ‘not-so-cooperating’ situation. The photos you posted were great! I really like the third and fourth.

  2. hintonrae permalink*
    May 3, 2009 9:26 pm

    Coming from you, that’s high praise. I visited your photography site and have been meaning to tell you that your shots are amazing. I want to spend a little more time to identify some favorites, but you’re very gifted, Jason. I would say that you’ve missed your calling, but I can tell that you’re an amazing teacher as well.

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