As I was walking around, I reminded myself of a couple of things. First, I had not misrepresented myself at all. I make it perfectly clear to everyone that I do not consider myself a hard core professional, just a girl with a camera. Regular readers of this blog (do I have those? That would be so cool if I did) may even say that I beat that drum a little too often and loudly but I want to make sure that's clear. Second, I think I am really pretty good at getting kids to relax and show the real them. For the most part, I try to make it feel less like a "PHOTO SHOOT" and more like hanging around someone and their camera. We walk around, we chat and they pose. For the most part, I point out spots that I like and let them pose themselves. I'll make minor adjustments but for the most part they are really good at it.
Getting there early the other night backfired a little too. I forgot how quickly the sun drops at this time of year and boy was it going quickly. So that added to my stress level, good thing it was cool out because I was sweating. But I just put on an air of confidence and told myself that it would work out. As often happens in life, things not going quite as planned helped us out. We basically had to chase the light and I think that, in the end, that it helped us find some different spots to shoot.
Like under this tree which was so short that lying down was really the only option.