It used to be so challenging to photograph my boys together when they were toddlers. During the holiday season, I would often photograph them SEPARATELY and THEN create my holiday cards and portraits. Usually, I just couldn't capture that perfect image of them together. Imagine the pressure I would put on myself as I tried this repeatedly in the beginning of my professional photography career! Over time, I realized it was more about capturing their individual personalities instead, and when they were little, that was best done independently of each other. Even though now they photograph well together, I try to capture them alone when an opportunity arises.
My son Tanner turned 16 earlier this month. It's been a whirlwind of activity around our house with school activities, track and hockey practices and tournaments, and family gatherings to celebrate Easter and birthdays. Tanner and I made time this week to go to the studio and snag a few of just him. I don't take my SLR camera out to as many places these days. I'm mainly photographing day-to-day activities with my cell phone like everyone else. But when I do set aside the time to do something a little more special, I'm always so glad I took the time to do it. All too soon, he will be away at college and I won't be able to see him as often as I do now.
I have lots of images of our boys with their hockey gear on already, and of course we live and breathe that, but for this shoot Tanner wore his school's track uniform and brought along a shot put and discuss which are the two events he competes in.