I love having professional photos taken of the kids. When you look at your kids through someone else’s lenses, you always find something that you haven’t notice before.
This summer is a special one because we decided that finally, it’s time for Max to go and stay with Grandpa/Grandma in Canada for 2 weeks by himself. He was going to fly there with them, Mom and Dad will pick him up at the end of two weeks. Mei Mei, however, didn’t go because she’s still my little baby girl. Before Max left for his summer adventure in Canada, I found a photographer within a day, thanks to the power of “HK Moms”, a Facebook group. I booked a professional photo session for the kids and the grandparents with Paula, a fellow HK mom and a professional photographer. This was my “Thank You” gift to the Grandparents for all the free babysitting that we were getting. Here are some of the photos that I LOVED.
The plan was to take some photos outdoor and some photos indoor. Conveniently Paula had a nice little studio set up in her home. After the studio photos were finished, the kids went downstairs for some more photos because I wanted to get them outdoors with some natural lights. The other advantage of having a mommy photographer is that she really gets how kids are. Paula asked me in advance for the music that the kids liked and prepared them for the kids. She also asked me if the kids can have lollipops. Of course! anything to bribe them for a smile.
My favorite photo of the kids is the first one where they’re sitting side-by-side and Max had his hand around Mei Mei. Max was very corporative but Mei Mei took a while to warm up and then the smile disappeared because she was getting cranky. Luckily, Paula was able to capture her sweet smiles and that mischievous looks in her eyes when she’s about to do something naught and knows it.
之前在拍全家福的時候，我就發現哥哥看到鏡頭就開始使勁耍寶，而且他很enjoy 整個 SETO 的過程，像是有阿姨幫他吹頭髮，或是上一下髮膠，他就會正經八百的轉過頭告訴我說，『媽咪我明天還要來！』然後正式開拍的時候，攝影師通常會叫哥哥『冷靜！冷靜』 反觀是妹妹比較難搞，常常眉頭深鎖，悶悶不樂的樣子。上一次拍全家福，每個人都笑得非常燦爛，唯獨她一人，愁眉苦臉的樣子，真是超級破壞畫面。這次，所幸攝影師在她開始鬧彆扭之前就把她逗得很開心，然後即時遞上一根棒棒糖，你看她樂壞了的樣子，真是古靈精怪，一肚子壞！
Somehow looking at Max’s photo is more emotional for me because I see that he’s really turning into a little man. I can almost see what he’ll look like when he’s much older – cute, handsome and with a great smile.
Paula Weston Photography http://www.paulawestonphotography.com/