When you are 2 the world is your oyster. You are adorable. You are opinionated. You know the word “NO” – really well. You run faster than your parents. You run the world. It’s the one moment in time that you can get away with mostly anything (as long as it’s safe). Especially during a photo session.
As a photographer my goal is to capture the child and the family as they are at that point in their life. As a photographer I have to tread very lightly with the child at first because the last thing you want to do is get off on the wrong foot. That will quickly turn into disaster. My strategy is to observe at first, have the child get used to your presence and then start capturing memories.
Jackson came out of the car and was a little cranky. OK, I thought. I will come towards him and introduce myself. As soon as we got onto the beach we tried to get Jackson to take a family photo. He was so excited to be on the beach and pick up rocks, play with dogs and search for “crabbies” so he was having none of it. The tide was so far out I figured we would start to go out on the flats and eventually he would get tired and we would be able to get the prized family photo. Well, Jackson had other plans. We must have walked out at least a mile and along the way we were able to get some awesome candid photos. Jackson stopped at all of the “crabbies” and allowed me to make some really cute photos. He even tried to feed them to their dog, Topper. This family was so sweet and kept apologizing for Jackson’s insistence to run. I knew what I was getting into – this is 2 after all. And, I love it! They are unpredictable and that’s what makes my job so exciting. I never know what I’m going to get but I do know that I will capture the child as they are at that moment in time.
As time went on the sky just kept getting more and more amazing and Jackson took us all the way out to the edge of the water. What an amazing view! He’s got a great eye.
One of the things we did not realize until we made our way back is that the tide was coming in but it was going a little sideways. Mom ended up losing her shoes! Everyone got soaked going across the tidepool. The dog was drenched and sandy. Jackson shed his pants by then. But at the end of the day we got some amazing photos and captured the true essence of Jackson’s family. This is the age of two. These are Jackson’s fleeting moments.