My mom’s gift request for Mother’s Day was simple – pictures. She wanted pictures of her and my father and some with the family. Well, she had actually wanted these pictures for over a year now but the timing never worked out. A few weeks prior she had asked me to set up an appointment with a photographer to do the pictures. It was lingering in my head to request that I do to pictures- but I told her I would find some suggestions for her. I didn’t offer to shoot the pictures myself. I had the talent but was fearful of the responsibility. I mean- what if they were bad? What if they weren’t what she wanted? Did I really want to put myself out there like that? Matching my art to a professionals.
Well… I did it. I offered to take the photographs for my mother. She was more than ecstatic. I think she wanted me to to do them all along. My willingness was a gift to her.
I was nervous before we started shooting. I mean, I knew things but did I really know things??
We decided to shoot around 6:30/7 so we could hit that golden hour. However, it was overcast all day. Damn. I needed to sunlight to work in my favor. We started taking some photos and I wasn’t sold. I was timid and overwhelmed. And then… the sunlight came out. Perfectly between the tall trees of the historic home we were at. I hurried them over towards the light and started snapping some of the best pictures I’ve ever taken.
The sunlight was just the confidence boost I needed. The shoot lasted for 2 hours and I landed over 1,000 shots.
Taking photographs of my parents was such a good experience. Not only did I get to truly see the love that exists between my parents (it took some work getting their positioning right -especially my dad who could be awkward at times) but it also led me to the realization that I really love doing this. And I am good at it. Well, more like I am better than I thought.
I am no where near done with the edits but I wanted to share a few of my favorites so far