I've been wanting to take pictures of the kids out in the fall leaves. I keep missing my opportunity, due to weather or crankiness or whatever. Yesterday, I managed to get both kids dressed and down to a park in our little town that is covered in pretty leaves, contains public sculptures, and is right on the water. During the course of an hour, I took, no kidding, over 600 photos.
I like photos to look natural. They don't have to look straight at the camera and smile. Just kids being kids. I definitely got natural.
However, I did want to get a few photos of both kids together. Since Christopher couldn't run around after Ashlyn, (and, she was seriously running most of the time we were out there) I needed her to get near Christopher and pose a bit.
But cooperation just wasn't in her plans for the afternoon.
In this photo I asked her to stand behind Christopher, and she could hold his hands. So, um, she did. Seriously, over 600 photos, and this may be the best one of the two of them. It pretty much cracks me up though, so I may need a print to hang on my wall.
The best part of this story came this morning, though. It was picture day at Ashlyn's school. You could sign up to bring in siblings for photos. So, I signed up. The photographer asked Ashlyn to sit in a certain spot in the middle of the backdrop. Christopher was then put down beside her. Ashlyn immediately put an arm around Christopher and smiled perfectly. Today she smiles perfectly, with a wrinkled paper and some painted metal buckets for a backdrop.