I had the happy experience of meeting a wonderful person and her family recently. I was doing some banking at Wells Fargo and recognized that my poor debit card was nearly ready to split in half. I was put in touch with Flor to get me set up with a new one (and she did set me up with a few other products too!) Anyway, Flor is such a friendly person, we ended up talking a bit about my photography and she asked if I might bring over some business cards. I did and it wasn't very long before a co-worker was calling to set up a shoot (thanks Angie!) Flor knew that my tendency is to not shoot babies or toddlers as the current popular trend is pretty cutsie for Patrick (note, I do like the old classic look, however.) Even knowing that, Flor really wanted our team to shoot their family.
Well, the combination of a super family, a great team (thanks Lindsey and Alexis) and the wonderful location that is the Goss Opera House made this a memorable shoot. Being as the opera house was beginning to gear up for the holidays, we were able to take advantage of some decorations. The photo below of the little Alex definitely makes me think of Christmas. He was certainly excited about that stuffed animal. You can't ask for a more real smile from a little guy.
Alex and his stuffed animal2013 PJ Anderson Photography @ The Goss
Alex2013 PJ Anderson Photography @ the Goss
This next photo was shot from the hip as Alex was a quick mover. Normally, I wouldn't want that light stand in the background, but c'mon... that is too cool of a shot to toss out.
I sort of liked treating this as a black and white as well. There is just something about a black and white photograph, isn't there?
Going back to my cutsie comment earlier. This photograph is so much more like the recollection of photos that I think back to of my own boys or even way back to when my brother, Steve and I were just toddlers. The overalls and striped shirt. Such a classic look for a boy.
Although, even though the photos that I remember from years gone by were more posed portraits, this one is closer to them. By the way, for the record, I've got nothing against the current trend, just doesn't fit me.
Here's a few more shots from the day. Thank you Flor, Marcus and Alex for letting us capture these images and for being such great participants! -- Patrick