Sometimes, photos should come with warning labels…. “You’re about to smile.” “You’re about to laugh.” “You’re about to fall in love with this adorable face.” “You’re about to book me for your own session so you can have photos of your own children looking this happy.” Okay, okay, I may have just thrown in that last one for fun… but seriously… Can you look at this smile without smiling yourself?!
This is Jordan. He may only be 13 months old but he covered every inch of Volunteer Park in Sunrise last Saturday morning. So if you find it entertaining to imagine me chasing him everywhere with my camera, feel free to do so. I didn’t want to miss a beat. Or a shot. Letting kids run free and play on whatever they want may make the picture-taking process a bit more difficult, but I’m always striving to capture their true personality and natural smiles. The only way to do that is to let them be themselves. Are you taking notes? Tammi J Photography, Lesson #1: Keep the kid(s) happy – the photos will show it. Its not usually very difficult… until you try to sit the child down and face your camera for that unexciting, but highly sought after posed group photo – kind of like the last one in this post, of Jordan with his Mom and Dad. I’ll let you in on a little secret, though… He’s not smiling that big because he likes me… or because I told him to say “cheese”. Which I guess can bring me to lesson #2 – ALWAYS pack a bottle of bubbles.
I wasn’t the only busy one at this shoot… Jordan ran, played, helped drive the golf cart and even took quite a few photos himself. But enough small talk… on to the cuteness. Ready… set… go!