So apparently after you create a Facebook page for your photography, everyone figures you’ve gone pro and want to book all your free time up with family shoots – sheesh (really, I don’t mind that much). So I currently have 4 (maybe 5) family shoots in the queue and I’ve turned down a couple more!! Yikes. I’m either good, great or cheap… definitely one of those.
So today I went to Bowring Park (again!!) with my friends Dwayne and Shaina Simmons and their 3 kids (Oldest-Youngest -> Victoria, Aidan, Ronan). The weather was quite nice (again!) so there was no need to for down-filled jackets or anything like that. Not much sun either so that helped with the squinting issue that often comes with harsh sunlight. And as you can see above, there were lots of LEAVES!!!
I’ve known Dwayne and Shaina for a number of years (like 9-10 or more probably) – we all went to the same church – VCC. I met Dwayne when I first came into St. John’s for University and he worked at MUN for the Computing and Communication department. Thanks to him I got a job with PC Support and got to make a decent bit of money working in between classes fixing PC’s and installing software for MUN staff. Thanks a lot Dwayne, that really helped me out in my career!
The past few years I haven’t seen Dwayne and Shaina as much as I used to. They’ve got 3 young kids these days, and with work and Master’s programs and all that it’s tough to fit in time to hang out. They’re still the same great people though. Their kids are a good looking bunch and although we had a few issues during the shoot (normal kid stuff – falling down, whining because they had to smile and not go to the playground …etc) most everything went off without a hitch.
I like when I get to capture some of the character of the people I photograph (kids are generally pretty easy to do this with as they don’t understand ‘social conventions’ yet). As you can see above, the middle child is always looking for ways to get attention… haha.
It was nice spending the afternoon (it was only 1h 15min really) with the Simmons family. It’s crazy to see how quickly kids and families grow when you’re not around all the time but it’s nice to know that for all the changes in their lives, they’re still the same people. Glad I could be a part of your day Simmons family. Hope you enjoy these few sample shots from today! To everyone else, thanks for dropping by. See ya’ll next week.