Almost two years ago, when I visited my cousin after she had her first kid, I took kinda of a cool picture of her husband holding their newborn (apologies if that sounds egotistical). Before I went off to visit them yet again last week, my cousin texted asking me if I could take another picture like I had done before, this time of her husband and the second kid.
Sure thing, I said. I was planning to bring my camera anyways and when I got to my cousin’s place, I said that we could probably do a whole photoshoot with the kids, getting them all dressed up and all that good stuff. As someone who is still growing as a picture-taker (can’t quite call myself a photographer yet), this would be great practice for me.
Here’s the thing though – that initial picture from my first visit was a complete accident. Most of my best pictures are products of happenstance. I was randomly at the right moment at the right time. Actually dressing up kids and having a camera trained on them trying to recreate a moment and capture entirely new moments? Wow.
The baby cried, the toddler went off and colored while I was snapping away, and then when the two kids were looking their best, posing away, there would be me, standing in the wrong place. Sonuva…
In the end though, I learned a lot. Funny enough, while I was able to get some nice pictures with everyone posing the way they should (*whew* and Alhamdulilah), it was still the random moments that made the best pictures. Go figure :)
By the way, I am officially in awe of the professionals who take pictures of kids on a regular basis. Y’all should pay them bucket loads of cash because they totally earn it.