I had it all planned out: a beautiful meadow scene and a sweet princess in a tutu rocking her beloved bear in a darling little cradle.
The scene would be straight out of a fairy tale!
There was just one thing I'd neglected to consider: my kid.
I never stage pictures. Never ever. I much prefer to capture the moment as it naturally unfolds. I don't use props. I rarely even ask her to look at me. But this time I had a specific image in mind and I was going to capture it if it killed me.
Hahaha. Are you laughing at me yet?
Of course, Nadia had other ideas. She didn't want to wear a tutu. She didn't want to sit by the cradle. She didn't even want TedBear. She just wanted to play at the park in the 102-degree morning sunshine...and ignore Mommy.
I may or may not have promised ice cream in return for cooperation...but I finally did get her in the vicinity of the cradle. But she wasn't happy about it. And she wouldn't sit next to the cradle and rock it. And she sure as heck wouldn't smile.
But at least I got my pictures. Sorta. They have a princess and they have a cradle, but other than that....not what I envisioned.
Like that pout? It wasn't in the plans.
And this woe-is-me expression wasn't supposed to happen either.
The furrowed brow? The kid's two, what does she have to worry about?
Eh, I guess this one works. We can pretend she's crossing her arms in an I-love-you sorta way. Which is about as far from the truth as can be, but hey, I've got an imagination. We'll ignore the crooked cradle, too.
But we can't pretend away the fact that she's escaping from my charming little scene.
So I gave up. I went back to my usual method of capturing photos, letting her just be herself while I clicked away. And you know what? Then I actually got some pictures I like. I can capture a spontaneous moment, I just can't make a moment happen. Now I remember why I never pose pictures!
Doesn't that curlicue pigtail and those sweet toddler eyelashes make your heart go pitterpatter? They sure do make mine. And they weren't in the original plans for the photosession...so maybe it's for the best that it didn't go as planned?
Now the whole reason I even tried to plan a photoshoot is because I have a session scheduled with friends tomorrow, and I wanted to scout out the location ahead of time. So here's hoping that kids other than my own will be a little more cooperative. Keep your fingers crossed for me!
And go check out Stacy today, to see if others were more successful with stylin' pictures.
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