This session was not what I expected from start to finish. To be honest, I was really nervous. This was the first time I'd worked with older kids for a Real Day session. Before I got to Kate's house I was worried her boys wouldn't even talk to me (haha, you'd think this was some sort of left over trauma from high school, but to be honest, I talked to everyone and gave no f*cks). It turns out I was completely wrong. It took them about 5 minutes to ask me, rather forcefully, who I'd voted for. They were relieved that I'd voted for Hillary, and living in a rural republican stronghold in very blue Connecticut, I'm guessing they often encounter a different response.
After that we were off to the races and they talked a lot about their various interests, mostly World War II (luckily I have a WWII buff in the family so I was able to keep up).
Then they showed me these Everything Wrong with . . . videos on You Tube, insisting you don't have to watch the relevant move in order to appreciate the Everything Wrong with video.
Of course it wasn't long before they tired of the whole situation as kids their age are wont to do (particularly as we'd decided on outdoor chores as their activity for the day: note to self, suggest a more rewarding activity next time, even though teens in agony is a *fun* subject).
The lovely things I saw: a very affectionate family, a very intuitive, considerate mother, a happily engaged step-dad (kind of like the one I had).
I'm so looking forward to doing more session with older kids, it is a very interesting and rewarding challenge. I go into these Connecticut family photography sessions with no idea what kind of pictures I'm going to make, and the pictures that developed this day were just wonderful.
If you're considering family portraits in Connecticut (or anywhere from NYC to Boston) consider a Real Day Session with me, you will have pictures you never thought possible, pictures that evoke all of the feelings of your family, you will get pictures full of personality, you will have your story told in a thoughtful, funny, interesting way. In short, you'll get so much more than you would from a simple portrait.
All you have to do is get in touch :).