A couple weeks ago I did a commercial shoot for my friend Joy's FRECKLETREE knitted wonders, which you can see HERE. Ellie modeled and Gavin had light/reflector duty. Immediately after the shoot I decided to grab the last slivers of light and quickly shoot my two kiddos and our dog Kooper. I am SO BAD about taking pictures of my own kids. I'm the ONLY parent at school field trips, events, plays, class parties etc... without a big ole camera. I'm pathetically sitting there snapping one or two shots on my iphone while everyone else is properly documenting the event with an ACTUAL camera. It's pretty unacceptable to begin with, but even moreso considering that professional photography is...oh..I dunno.... MY JOB.... Sigh. Isn't there some old saying about how the cobbler's kids never have shoes or something like that... :)
Anywhoooo, I was feeling guilty and did a quick 10 mn mini shoot with my kids to remind myself that they were, afer all, the inspiration behind me dusting off my old 35mm film camera in the first place. A camera that had accompanied me on so many trips around Europe and enough crime scenes to last anyone a lifetime.... (In case that sounded weird to anyone who doesn't know my background, I was a crime scene photographer many moons ago)
Here's just a few favorites from our post-commercial shoot mini personal shoot. My kids are totally wacky and goofy. And I honestly wouldn't have it any other way. And even though Ellie drives Gavin WACKADOO almost every single day, he loves her to pieces and would do anything to protect her. She makes him laugh so hard sometimes that he will clench his stomach and beg her to stop. And Kooper. Kooper is the world's best dog. Truly. He just is. And he loves giving Gavin nonstop kisses and he's scared to death of Ellie, who rules the roost in his world so she's usually his handler when we are out and about because he OBEYS her. I'm sure there's a small country out there waiting for her to become its dictator.... Just kidding! Sort of... :)
I love my kiddos so very much and I'm going to bookmark this post so that the next time I'm ready to threaten to sell them to the lowest bidder on EBAY, I will pull this up and REMEMBER how fantastic they can be. We make a great little team. They've been through SO much the past year and a half and I'm so very very very proud of them for overcoming some massive transitions and dramatic changes in their lives. They are little rockstars. I *heart* them.