One evening way back in April, I spent a few hours traipsing after my friend Debbie's precious family with my camera.
It just hit me I never posted any of them here!
We had scheduled and rescheduled the shoot at least twice trying to work around the weather and other conflicts, and we had to do it in the evening when the kids were tired, but I'm pleased - and I think she is - with the way they turned out.
Then there was another delay.
Before I had a chance to really look at them, my friends and family pitched in and bought me a new computer for my birthday - a Mac! - which meant I had to load my editing software, not to mention learn how to use the computer.
(I'm not complaining, believe me!)
But Debbie is truly a saint and never complained.
That's no excuse for me, though. I learned from this shoot that no matter what happens, I need to make my client's photos a top priority.
I need to have a quick turnaround, no matter how saintlike and patient they are.
I also learned...
... bubbles might be tough for 4- and 5-year-olds
... let the client know they are off the hook for trying to get the little ones to smile, and to just relax and keep looking at me
... if possible, schedule the shoot in the morning when little ones aren't tired, but if that's not possible, follow them around and catch them doing what they enjoy (I'm glad I wore tennis shoes!)
Debbie, thank you again so much for letting me spend time with you and your beautiful family!!