Like this picture? Well let’s take a step back to show how we got there.
The family mentioned very briefly “the log”… so i said well let’s run with YOUR idea (since I don’t have to sell you on it.) Well that’s what I was thinking at least… that they’d be involved in the creative process and we’d come up with pictures that they didn’t just feel they could have gotten at a studio… but something they were involved with.
Prior to the picture below we had done some full group(family) pictures on the log and then we started breaking it down a bit into groups and that’s where we pick it up below.
To get to the picture above we must understand what happened below.
We did the full family, then just the boys and then we got just the girls sitting on the log.
I separated them for a shot because I wanted them to be all their own personality … 3 individuals in the picture. Then later have them interact to show the personality between all 3.
Then I see the one girl and how she chose to sit… a little bit further… enough that the way her dress was out and on the log caught my attention.
I told the other two to leave … probably my exact words something like “get out of her picture now” said with a big smile so they always know it’s said with love. haha
…and then I took this picture below
Yes I took the way she chose to sit and the way her dress was and exaggerated them out a little bit and then her hands went down from off her knees and it was just perfect.
But then I thought well that’s a good one of her… but how about just the two little girls without the mom, opposite sides of the log.
They don’t need to match the way they sit nor have their arms in unison in my opinion (though I might throw one variation in there like that.)
Then as the two sisters sat far apart it was time to see what life would bring us.
I’m sure it was just some simple random command or encouragement… “get close to your sister”, “hug your sister”… something like that they’d both understand.
Who went to who… it didn’t matter… I was ready for anything. Maybe it’s fun psychology to see that it was the little girl moved over and how she moved over and how the big sister reacted.
This is a family… this is personality… this is love.
Obviously not a pose I could think of on any given day: with her leg practically straddling the log and the other sister awkwardly leaning over and giving a choke hold hug. But these are kids not yet reformed in poise and haven’t studied the delicateness of interaction of hundreds of movies. They just do.
It’s the fluidity of the events, yes there is plenty of direction being given, where we were wasn’t entirely a fluke, who we chose for the log wasn’t either, even getting them together wasn’t either.
But in the end it was their own photo shoot, entirely different than any other and reflecting of their personalities.