This particular blog is so overdue I don’t even want to talk about it. And how cute is this little man?? The story goes like this…
I have this friend and we do crazy things together. We actually do crazy things separately as well. Case in point, she texted me this morning saying…”you will not even believe the foolishness I’ve gotten myself into…” At this point, I have two options. Assure her I believe it because this is not unusual and ask her what she’s doing or not look at my phone any more for fear that I’m going to start contributing to the idea and get sucked into whatever she’s dreaming up.
My Neverland inspired fine art editorial shoot started in a similar fashion…
Me: “Huh, we both only have about 6 sessions this week. We should totally plan a styled shoot together. Like say…. tomorrow.”
We went with a Neverland inspired portrait session because we’re both huge fans of Peter Pan inspired anything. I am a massive literature fan and my children by default are as well. 😉 We listened to Peter Pan as an audiobook and the kids were mesmerized by the concepts in the book. Obviously we needed boy child model… I conveniently birthed one of those which means he’s very available for hire, and conveniently lives with me. Plus he works cheap, usually an ice cream cone is all he’ll charge for a few hour session. 😉 Erica and I talked on the phone running through our respective houses grabbing things that could work and lend to the theme of the Old English / Peter Pan look and feel.
The other reason I wanted to focus on the Peter Pan is that I have this other friend that has this RIDICULOUSLY amazing handmade wooden boat. She has this treasure because someone made it for her as a cradle for her first child. Please just stop. How does one, hypothetically, get friends who do things like hand craft a BOAT for your new little blessing? Um…. ok I have to move on. So amazing. She was kind enough to let me borrow this beautiful boat and we we’re off to the Fort Lauderdale area to the Hugh Taylor Birch State Park.
Over all the shoot went really well, other than the extremely large banana spiders, which, ironically I seem to always run into when I’m on location with Erica. 😉 The only real issue we had was that my child has an extreme fear of bees. Yes, bees. He will catch a snake, play with frogs, think BANANA spiders are really cool… but, he’s terrified of bees. Sigh. So right when we first started working he realized that there were bees flying around. Nowhere near him, but close enough that he was aware of them and it all went downhill from there. We had full fledged tears and I was in one of those awkward moments where I was trying to decide if I was the mama or the photographer.
Turns out I needed to be both. We worked through our sadness, prayed through our fear and moved on. Although, the rest of the session he had one eye towards nature to make sure it wasn’t getting too close to him. Oh. And he got TWO ice creams cones that day. He was not shy in valuing his time and life or death experiences up the price.