I have to apologize. I'd completely forgotten I even had a blog. This past weekend was pretty busy for me, but in a great way. I headed down to the Lehigh Valley for a planned engagement shoot with Diana and Matt, old friends from my days at Wal-Mart. With that planned for Sunday, I figured I may as well reach out to my Facebook friends and see if anyone in that area might want some shots done. Before I knew it, two more shoots were scheduled, with Nathan on Sunday and the Rocchi family (alternately known as the Rocc flock) on Saturday.
Shooting Nathan is always a treat for me, as I've more or less watched him and his sister grow up over the past ten years. He's turning into the spitting image of his dad, Chris...with a sense of humor to match. Pulling a natural smile out of him was difficult, but somehow or another we managed quite a few keeper shots.
Diana and Matt were the reason for the trip, as when they got engaged I promised them a free shoot if they chose. We found a free weekend and worked it out. I didn't know it until I looked at the pictures, but this was easily the most challenging shoot of the weekend. I'd read before about the challenges of shooting mid day, especially with cloudless skies but had paid no heed. I just figured, as long as my settings are correct everything will be just fine. I seriously underestimated the difficulty in getting those settings right. I'm thrilled with the finished product, but post processing took much longer than I was comfortable with. Lesson learned. I love these kinds of things though, as they test my skills and push me to be better and think harder about what I'm doing.
With all due respect to everyone else, my favorite shoot was with Kelly, Mike, Alli and Cam. I love how quickly a child's face can change into something completely unexpected. Alli did this several times, and I was fortunate enough to grab some great shots of her smiling and showing her teeth! If anyone questions why every time I take a picture, I hit the shutter three or four times, it's because no two shots are exactly alike. You never know what you may see. Cam was the perfect little gentleman....mostly. His thoughtful and contemplative gaze froze me several times. Mom and Dad are going to be in trouble when he starts getting interested in the ladies....