My son does not enjoy being photographed.
It had been three years since I last tried to do any kind of photo shoot with him. I don't particularly want to torture him, usually (just kidding), but that is way too long to wait to get some good pictures of a kid that is growing up crazy-fast. So I had this idea. He is all about soccer, he's played it for years and loves it.
So I brought my camera to soccer practice and sat by the goal and watched the action.
Because if you average out how my son spends his time, his "all about me" would totally be soccer.
I mean, I probably could have planned a better outfit, but this is really him, comfy athletic shorts and all. And that was my point.
Here's the snarky grin I got when it was time for a water break. (And this is why I didn't want to do a more formal portrait session.)
We love the action shots.
Watching the sun go down was totally beautiful. How cool is the view behind practice? :)
I love "all about me" photo sessions because it's a celebration of your child's hobbies, loves, and enthusiasms. What matters most to them? If my son had been more interested in a photo session, I would have included a few other things that are important to him, but as it is I'm just happy that it worked out. I have an older session "all about me" session posted here that is totally different - and they are all different because the whole point is to celebrate individuality.
If you would like to invest in some meaningful photography of your child, and what they love, I'd love to talk to you about a session!
Or, see this page for other ideas about how to make your portrait session the best that it can be.