Its funny, most photographers (please have my back), ok as a photographer, I forget my family would probably like their photo taken from time to time or perhaps on their birthday. What do you think? Rarely, do I bring out my camera for family occasions, and maybe I might whip out my small 6.0 megapixel Canon point and shoot and snap a photo or 2.
If you knew my family, once the camera comes out, it can be chaos. Sina, take your uncle’s picture who is visiting from Canadah.
Sina, you take good picture right? I want to send to your family back home.
Ok, now take your 3rd cousin’s picture and his family.
And this is sometimes harder than photographing a wedding. I know I sound a bit dramatic but it doesnt even end there. Sina, did you make 5 copies of each picture. One for each person in the picture.
So when it comes time to photographing my family, I actually have to schedule in a session for me to actually do it.
My sister came into town for my mother’s birthday and it was an opportune time to dress up and take a few photos together, and of course we couldn’t have done it with my diva partner in crime and sistah, Teena (giving credit where credit is due. Holah). When it was my mother’s turn, oh I’ll just type out her dialogue:
No Si-nah! I don’t need a picture. Is ok. She is still in the bathroom fixing her hair.
Si-nah, what do you think about red? You have to wear red on your birthday for good luck.
Ok, how about gold? If you wear gold on your birthday, the Buddha say you will have lots of money for the next year. Okay I wear gold.
We also had to take a few photos by the cacti. I like it. Its so booom. Thats her sound effect for its so big.
Here, Lin-dah, hold some flowers. It look nice. Don’t hate on the infamous green socks. She says it will make you lucky when you wear bright colors.
Being goofy is what we do best. Tell us how to pose and we become awkward.
I did get my door shot even though she did not understand why I would want her by an ugly brick house and a big door when there are so many flowers and cacti around us.
I know I have said this before, I rarely push when it comes to posing. The image I choose of myself is the moment in between the “please look here and smile” and “the hand on your back and stand up straight.” But don’t get me wrong, I will still make you do awkward poses, its fun.
My mother, she is a natural. She poses the way she wants and her smile always comes out so beautifully. She turned 57 this past weekend and she still looks amazing.