We went on vacation recently to Orange County, CA to visit David’s sister, her husband, and their 3 children. We were fortunate to be able to spend 10 fun-filled days with them – and just before sunset on one of those days, we were privileged to be able to shoot some family photos for them.
As anyone who has ever tried to take photos of small children knows, it’s nearly impossible to get them all looking at the camera at the same time. We had several tricks up our sleeves that we tried that day. From telling them there’s a fun bug in the camera lens and asking if they can see it too, to being completely ridiculous.
Rhiannon got a great workout this day as David was shooting – she stayed directly behind him and danced like a fool and made silly faces. David pretended not to know she was doing anything and would glance back every now and again and she would stop immediately. This of course brought great delight to the two oldest especially. They giggled and giggled and tried to tell him what Aunt Rhiannon was doing, but he never caught her. It worked like a charm – at least on these two oldest – the youngest apparently thought she was completely crazy, but was definitely looking in the direction of the camera nonetheless. Mom and dad may have been a bit embarrassed to be seen with us 🙂 Ahh, the things we do for our craft!
The adults and kids alike did great – especially since this particular park we were at is one where they often visit to play on the play structure! I believe the words from the oldest as we were walking back toward the van and he veered off toward the play structure were: “but we didn’t come here to take pictures, we came here to play!”