Whenever I can capture the essence of my children with my camera, I am delighted! There are times when I view my world as through a camera lens, I can see the pictures before I ever see them on screen or paper. It can be frustrating to me when the camera isn't seeing what I see for whatever reason, the lighting might not be strong enough for the camera, or it might be too strong, or the pictures come out blurry from the movement of the child. These days, it’s rare for me to be able to capture that special millisecond of time because of all of the demands, but it certainly is special when I do. Sometimes it comes from a child calling my attention, other times I happen to be a part of the action and can see the photo unfold right before my eyes.
I love portrait photography. It tells a story without words, it has emotion, it has meaning. It’s like carrying that one moment into eternity; that one moment that gets frozen forever. It’s that special.
Last night I had one of those moments. The story goes like this. Elise comes up to me telling me about this bee costume she made, I look up from the computer and know instantly to go grab the camera. She had cut and pasted bee antenaes and wings, found the perfect yellow shirt from her drawer, attached a stinger, she had thought of everything. Out the door we went to get the right amount of lighting and click click click. The photo I was most proud of was captured towards the end as we were wrapping up our little session. She happened to look up at the sky and there is was, that was amazing. Intuitively, I had an a-ha moment and snap, I got it. Now I have a wonderful little memory of these 5 minutes spent reveling her little homemade costume, and grateful I took the time to make a big deal of her creativity.