I think most of us can remember what it was like to be eight. We can recall the agony of suits and scratchy dresses, and standing for countless family photos, when all you could really think about was running wild, playing in the dirt and eating chocolate. ;)
I think about that feeling every time I work with kids. I also think about the Apparently Kid, who has reminded us that ten days feels like a year to the average kid...apparently. What must an hour feel like? 1.5 days, if my kid-time math is accurate. I can sympathize with that. I try to work quickly to get exactly what I need so they can run free. In the end I always say, "Okay, you are free. How's it feel to be free?" It's usually the best face of the entire session.
Working with Christian on his First Holy Communion session was a breeze. He let out the initial sigh, got his tie straightened by Mom and then did exactly what he promised her he would do. He was patient. He listened very carefully to my instruction. He even helped me.
We decided to do his first shot in a rocking chair. I placed his communion remembrance card in his hands and said, "Moms love pictures of little hands, so we will do this one for her." He agreed with me and added, "I promise not to rock so it won't come out blurry." Yes- Want to be my assistant?!
When I asked Christian to put his hands out to hold the rosary beads, he said, "Sure, like the way I receive communion, right?" Why didn't I think of that?!
He was my co-creator on these shots. That is pretty awesome!
The images are bright and modern with a touch of tradition, perfect for such a happy celebration! I couldn't have asked for a better model. Congrats on your special day Christian and thank you for letting me be a part of it.
Don't know who the Apparently Kid is? Click here.