A sunny day in the park

When the sun is out most kids are eager to get out the house…they want to be outdoors…to be at the pool, riding their bikes, or playing at the playground. On this sunny Sunday afternoon, I was in Norfolk, VA to attend a friend’s commissioning ceremony to become a Navy Officer.  Why not “kill two birds with one stone,” I thought. This is when I contacted my good friend and the self-proclaimed and former “Mayor of K-Town”, Big E. "Let’s do a photoshoot with the kids", I suggested since I hadn't seen them in a while.

With the break from the previous day's rain, Sunday was the perfect opportunity. The grass was greener...the air was different. I initially wanted to try out this new soft box, flash and my new toy, the Sony mirrorless camera. I had all my gear. The park was perfect...very picturesque. I was going to do a “formal” family photo shoot.

That changed.

As soon as the seat belts became undone, the kids rushed out and beelined straight to the playground. They excitingly went down the slides...climbed the monkey bars and then moved onto the swings...their little legs dangling as they tried to get momentum to soar higher. As typical kids, they jumped off the swing and moved onto the next adventure. They grabbed the bag of chalk from mom and began using the concrete as their personal coloring page.  

Full of energy they were - they had no intentions of staying still for my intended “formal” photoshoot session. I had to act quick.

With my most of my equipment now stored, I relegated to just capturing memories of the kids playing and enjoying the day with their parents. You see, photographing kids is unpredictable. You have to be flexible….in essences, they are the bosses for the day.

I placed myself strategically on top of the sliding pole at the bottom of the slide; I crouched low to capture their little world...all with the intentions of seizing their "dash". I was amazed! The results were more memorable than having them sit in front of the perfect background...saying “cheezzzeeee”...smiling on command.

These images captured them in the innocence of play…horsing around with dad…seeing their radiating smiles; these will be the moments remembered.