November 23, 2018
7-year-old: “Wait…do you have kids?”
Me: “No, I don’t.”
7-year-old: “Then how do you know what Fortnite and the Floss is?”
Me: “Because I know lots of cool kids like you at the school where I taught!”
First of all, I did not know that Floss dance was from Fortnite, but I played it cool like I did (because my cool status with 7-year-olds is important, obviously). I recognize the Floss dance because every kid at the school where I taught last year could all do it. Also, my third-grade nephew has sent me several Snapchats in which he is Flossing (that statement cracks me up). Really, the Floss is so much better than the trifecta of bottle flipping, Dabbing, and fidget spinning of 2016. Floss away, kids!
I also did not admit to Mr. 7-Year-Old that I don’t really know what Fortnite is except that it’s a popular video game and maybe has zombies? Regardless, my answer seemed satisfactory to him and we got along just fine throughout his family’s photo session, even when he didn’t want to smile sometimes (same, kid. Same.).
Maybe taking photos for an hour isn’t so fun when you’re 6 or 7 (or an adult, for that matter). But it’s a little more fun when there’s plenty of time for dance breaks, red light green light, and counting the mule deer running through the park (17!). The Davis family was fun, kind, and easy to photograph.
If you’re ever curious if your family qualifies as “easy to photograph,” just think about these questions:
1) Do we communicate well with the photographer?
2) Do we have realistic expectations for the session and of our kids?
3) Did we put some effort into coordinating our outfits and do we feel like our best selves in our outfits?
4) Do we interact with each other as we normally do?
5) Do we trust the photographer’s direction and guidance in posing?
If you can answer yes to most of those, like the Davis family can, you’re probably easy to photograph!
Since their session was the day before Thanksgiving, I should say many thanks to these guys! Randi, Turner, and kids – thank you for choosing me and trusting me to capture your family’s memories! Thank you for being willing to switch last minute to Plan B when the main park and original plan was completely overrun by Thanksgiving tourists. Thanks for hiking through the mud to reach this epic spot. Thank you for enduring the Colorado evening temperature drop for your photos.
You have wonderful kids and are a great family. I hope you continue enjoying living in your new home here in Colorado!