Could this have been my first official (ie, paid) portrait job? I felt extremely fortunate and honored to be asked to take portraits of H. B (mother) requested our local beach, and when we got there, she said to me: ‘This isn’t going to work, is it?’ The wind was fierce, the air was chilly, and the princess outfit didn’t seem likely to be seen without a parka. I insisted (half lying to myself) that it would be fine. We had come all the way here- we were going to make it happen. Fortunately, H was beyond a trooper and couldn’t wait to ditch the coat and shoes and run in the sand. My second concern was that I couldn’t get her to stand still. This would be fun for a few shots, but what about the fact that her parents wanted portraits- Like, their Child’s Face. I warned B as we were leaving that it might not be an average shoot, and we should try for the summer, when it’s warm- and at a park, since SF beaches never get warm. She told me she hoped for 5 shots, and would be happy with that.
Well, I got home and rushed to the computer to see what my five picks would be, praying there were 5. Well, out of 150, there were 71 I just needed to share. I wanted them all. They made me teary and extremely excited to show B. B’s reactions were what every photographer would hope for. I was buzzing with excitement. I love this. I can’t wait to do more.