When Carter, Maggie and Abigail stepped out of their family's van, I was immediately impressed with their fancy dresses and knew that our candid portrait session would be a stylish one. I donated a candid photography package to a friend's charity auction last month, and the girls' family were the winners.
Maggie at age four was surprisingly articulate, often asking interesting questions about houseboats, manatees and the cleanliness of Tampa Bay. Carter seemed to be quite energetic and expressive (see below). Abigail, being only one year old, seemed good with everything happening.
The large jacaranda tree beside the Museum of Fine Arts in downtown St. Petersburg seems quite picturesque and to be a great place for portraits, but in my experience I find it to be quite tricky to make a good portrait near. This time I focused just on one of its huge roots for the most part. I have been wanting to make portraits lately with the subjects arms up in the air, and if possible leg in the air too. Carter (above) was able to make my vision come true the best of anyone recently.
It was Maggie's turn for her solo shots next and she had no trouble balancing on the tree root as well. It seemed like Maggie is a natural ballerina in the making. Hopefully, she can see a manatee soon as we were unlucky this time and saw none around Vinoy Park.
Having seen her two big sisters have their root time, Abigail was ready for her moment. She did very well delicately touching the root and still managing to smile at the lens. Like many babies, she seemed a bit transfixed by the look of the Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G VR Micro lens. Her dad did a great job in the background keeping her attention so I was able to take all the shots I wanted without Abigail's attention going elsewhere, not that it would!
Oldest sister Carter was the only one willing to brave a perch upon the higher branches of the jacaranda tree. I cannot say this is the first portrait of this kind I have made. If you browse through my portrait portfolio, you will see at least two other ladies like this eyes crossed smile as well!
It was a fun time for me and I hope to some day get to photograph the sisters again.