For years I bugged my wife Lynn to let me shoot her. (Don't get punny on me). But she always wangled her way out of it, saying she wasn't the type and concluding that she would probably consider it, if it was exciting enough.
6 months after our daughter Alayna was born, Lynn approached me with the idea for a Mother-Daughter portrait session. I jumped for joy. It was an original, exciting idea. Besides being passionate about law, Lynn is very passionate about dancing. In fact, that was how we met, at a musical theatre production in which I was an actor and she was a dancer. She had to obviously stop dancing during the entire pregnancy and of course for a little while after. It was something she really missed. So what better way to start again than involving our lil cherub.
I must start with the embarrassing fact that these pictures were shot more than half a year ago. Work, wedding shoots, being a daddy and procrastination kinda delayed the final output. Not to mention my chances of getting Lynn to agree to future shoots :) For those of you who know Alayna, you're aware that she is a lot bigger now and a lot less "michelin". Unearthing these pictures brought back so many memories for us.
When Lynn described what she had in mind I figured I'd go with a black background. I rear lit them on either end with two large sources of light and just a diffuser in the front to fill in the shadows. I did this to accentuate form as well as deal with the reality that Alayna would keep blinking her eyes and grinning whenever I placed a light source in front. She thought it was funny :)
It was a fun, exciting shoot with a lot of unpredictability and quite a few happy accidents that had us in splits of laughter. I'm so proud of my girls :)