I say mature…. but it’s my Dad and he’s the biggest kid I know! On reflection I probably should have pulled my finger out and got this one blogged on Sunday!! I’ve been planning to photograph my Mum & Dad for a long time, but said “big kid” broke his leg after climbing trees with my nephew, then loads of travel with work commitments, so it was on the back burner for some time!!
The forecast was promising some lovely weather mid May and I was with Mum and said right, let’s book this in otherwise it’ll never happen and we chose an evening for the flattering light and so it wasn’t too hot either. I’m very fortunate to live in a village surrounded by beautiful countryside and in the build up to the shoot I’d spotted a few frames on my dog walks that I wanted to use with Mum & Dad. I’ll be honest I was so nervous about photographing my parents, firstly throughout my childhood I always remember Mum hating her photo being taken… I don’t like mine being taken but Mum really, really disliked it! Mum is also my number one fan, always following my blogs and my facebook page so I didn’t want her to be disappointed with her own photos. The pressure was on.
I was so pleased that almost instantly Mum & Dad relaxed into the shoot, they were total naturals. The scenery was lovely and the sun even gave us a smidgen at golden hour. What I loved the most about it was actually spending time with them, not just as my parents but as a couple. It made my heart melt a little… they are celebrating their 40th Wedding Anniversary this August and as you can see, they still love each other to bits. I felt honoured to have been able to photograph them this way.
Photographer friends, I urge you to take the time to do this with your parents. I said to my husband before showing Mum & Dad the photos, even if they don’t like them I’m going to treasure these so much! Incidentally they loved them and already have 7 images framed on the wall from the shoot