There was one thing that I could always count on when it comes to getting shoots booked. So far, everytime I've went back for a visit to Des Moines, one of my frat brothers would book a session. I always felt more pressure whenever that was the case. Because I wanted to make sure that I not only represented for my business, but also so that the word of mouth (and evidence of the final product) would spread among the brotherhood. Thus, encouraging more bros of the grad chapter to book with me.
Originally, this shoot with the Smith family was supposed to be at their residence. I was rather looking forward to that. Especially since Rob was telling me how the front had six large pillars outside. That would have made for an amazing backdrop. Leave it to Iowa weather to throw a wrench in the plans. The forecast went form gloomy to rainy. I had to relocate just minutes before the shoot. Fortunately, the Ikonix down location was available on short notice. It meant the family would have to be even more emoteful (yes...just made up that word) to make up for the lack of scenery. Something that comes natural to models (the good ones), but a little harder for your average joe.
Unless it's the Smiths.
I've known Rob and his wife Nicki for years. Nicki for even longer dating back to our childhood. I've always known the two of them to be entertaining in their own right. But it never dawned on me until the session that I had never met any of their three boys. I'm sure I may have in passing at some previous event. Maybe I just didn't recall because the encounter was so brief. I hadn't spent any great amount of time with them until the session. So it was then that I found out what characters they all are. It made for quite an enjoyable photo shoot.
This particular capture came about when I started doing the family breakdown. See, when you do a family session with me, I make sure to do every combination possible. The whole family, the parents, the siblings, individuals, mom with the siblings and of course, dad with the siblings. That's what you see here. By the time we had gotten to this particular segment, the boys had gotten warmed up and were very comfortable. And trust me, it didn't take long for them to get to that mode.
Now I have to be honest and admit that I don't recall if I caught Rob with his eyes shut because he had them like that on purpose or if I just caught him blinking. However, soon as I saw the image, I knew I had a winner because of what it conveyed. He has the blissful look on his face of a father enjoying the company of his young boys while at the same time thinking "Lord...give me strength". Then add to that the look of genuine joy on Spencer's face as he leans on dad's shoulder knowing full well he's pushing the right buttons. I'm sure this probably wasn't the Smiths favorite shot from the session (folks tend to frown on the whole getting caught with the eyes closed thing), but it cracks me up everytime I see it.