Kim & Sydney – Family Portraits – West Monroe NY

Shot these a while back – this is my sister and niece. An absolutely adorable little girl (not to mention a complete PITA, just like my lil sis). Here’s the thing: when I’m not around, she asks about me quite a bit. But if I’m around she’s kind of terrified of me. Something about my size, I guess. I tried posing her for the first few shots, but it quickly became apparent that wasn’t happening. Finally I just gave up and did what I prefer to do when shooting kids: let ‘em go and switch from “portrait” photographer to “documentary” photographer. I just let her do her thing and record what happened. I think the result is far better than anything I could have come up with that was posed. If one thing isn’t working, do something else.