Photographing other photographers is always a bit of a rush for me.
Although they usually understand how to move in front of the camera and pretty much always wear the perfect thing, I spend a good amount of time beforehand trying to forget about the pressure that comes along with shooting someone who does it for a living.
Sometimes when I hang out and talk with them beforehand, it’s just as much about calming nerves for me as it is for them. Getting everyone on the same level and making connections right off the bat is the best way I’ve found to get everyone comfortable enough to get those honest moments on film.
I’m not sure anyone’s been easier to hang with than Amy and her sons, Drew & Aidan, who came to me in Omaha from South Dakota. I immediately noticed that Aidan was a very sensitive boy who was upset about his mom’s upcoming trip out of town. He wasn’t afraid to show his emotions and I decided not to fight them, but to work them into the session. I could also see that Amy & her littlest had a very playful relationship and I wanted their photos to reflect that.
I rented a bright and cheerful Airbnb to shoot in and we had the best time finding little spots of light to play around in. These love-soaked photos feel so true to who they are together and remind me to really look through the surface when photographing my client’s relationships.