When I asked this mama to pick a family memory that she wanted me to capture during their session, she told me that they love to play at the park and play baseball together. So, that’s exactly what we needed to capture!
We planned the session in the evening, at a really cool park that they frequent and we hoped for some really pretty light. No such luck.
We ended up with a really dark, overcast evening. I really had to bump my ISO (2000!) to compensate for a faster shutter speed.
While this awesome mama really got the idea of a documentary session from the beginning, the kids weren’t so sure at first. As they were setting up their baseball gear, I told the kids that they just needed to play with each other as if I wasn’t there and that they didn’t need to look at me. I’d observe some, then start snapping pictures.
They were in charge and could play where they wanted. I’d follow where they led.
That really helped the girls feel comfortable, but the boy was still pretty uncomfortable halfway through the session, so I put the camera down for a couple of minutes and asked him a few questions about his life. That really helped him to loosen up and enjoy playing with his family, too!
I really love how this session tells the story of their love for each other! You see the love that this mama has for her kids when she joyfully smiled as she watched them play together and when she came to her middle’s rescue – when her daughter climbed too high and got scared.
You see the love that these kids have for their mama too when the youngest grabbed her mama’s hand and when the middle wrapped her arms so tight around her mama.
You see the love that the kids have for each other when the girls were swinging together and when big brother ran over to give his sister a high five as she slid down the slide.
It’s this love that makes this session so special!
This was photographed with my Nikon d610 and my Nikon 35 mm f/2.0 lens. It’s my standard gear for everything. I also only used the available natural light.
Story & photography contributed by Melissa Hines.
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