I love the feeling of satisfaction when you get a first look at the photos taken by a professional photographer. Maybe it’s the anticipation, the planning of outfits, props, bribing your kids before, during and after each shot is taken… or maybe wanting to see the results. The first glimpse is always magical… to look at yourself and your family through someone else’s eye and think: “WOW.”
When looking for a photographer to do our SuperGlueMom.com photos, I wanted someone who could capture my experience with motherhood: playtime with my children, to-do lists, chores, juggling work and parenting, mommy-chauffeur, and the unconditional love we have for our children. Impossible? Maybe. How can so much be captured in a single shot?
Meet Toni Hamel. The one woman who “got” what I was trying to capture. Toni and I spoke several times over the phone and email before the photo shoot in my back yard. I explained to her that I would have lots of color, different props (yes, even an ironing board) and two young kids who needed to cooperate.
Every prop has a meaning. What’s up with the ironing board? -My friend A. asked. Ironing is not part of my marriage contract. I only iron when it’s absolutely necessary. It has become an inside joke between my husband and I, he will go to work with wrinkled clothes for as long as I’m around… unless he irons himself. The laundry is often forgotten inside the dryer, towels and clothes are folded at midnight, and thank goodness our washer has a delay timer.
I borrowed a Vizzini bag (I now have my own) because as a mother we sometimes have to buy, beg or borrow things from our friends to fashionably fit-in at a social event (workout clothes or mommy-wear are just not an option for certain occasions).
Sofia and Alex love books. Reading kept them occupied and it portrays something we do every night. Alex is the kind of kid who can wear a white shirt and usually keep it “white” the whole day (even at school and at the playground). He likes to be clean and have things in their place. Sofia on the other hand, is my artsy kid. She loves tu-tus, bright colors, twinkle toe shoes and playing dress up.
One of the things to consider when doing a photo shoot with young kids is the time of day. Do they need to nap? Will your kids be tired? Do you have any ‘treats’ or rewards for good behavior? Our 1.5hr photo session was at 5:30pm. The cupcakes and lemonade were their treats during the last takes.
Toni said to me: “I will take pictures like crazy, you just go on with the show.” In other words: don’t worry about pausing every 2 minutes, let me do what I do best and you continue to interact with your kids. Love it! I hate posing and my kids are incapable of sitting still. Here is where I really knew she would be able to capture what I wanted people to see. A few days later I received my online proofing information and I could not be any more pleased. I wanted to order every picture.