Meet The Whitings

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You know, I love a good challenge. Tell me I can’t do something and I’m all in. There was this one time in 3rd grade.. on the playground.. playing kickball.. and I was up to kick. A girl who was on the other team and pitching said slyly to the team of all boys.. “ Here comes an easy out.” Well I kicked that ball as hard as I could getting a home run and putting her in her place. Don’t tell me I’m an easy out!

Twins running in opposite directions who haven’t quite learned their name yet and to come when that name is called-that’s a challenge I love! So far at J.C. Arboretum, we ( the families and I ) have had one kid run away and hide sending all of us including Arboretum staff on a massive hunt only to find the child 10 minutes later just sitting under a tree. One has fallen in the stepping stone pond ( Oh my did she and her family handle this soo incredibly well!), and one sweet baby who was so so sick unknowing to us that there’s no way she could have smiled for a picture. Never have I had a session where the kid just would .not. let. me .take. his. picture. Until this past weekend of March 16th.

Why yes, I was hiding in the bushes to get this shot. But look, look at that tender, attentive, patient mother. She knows her child and what will get us to the shot.

Why yes, I was hiding in the bushes to get this shot. But look, look at that tender, attentive, patient mother. She knows her child and what will get us to the shot.

Sweet Dru, you faced me head on as if we were having a staring contest or thumb wresting match. “1,2,3,4, I declare thumb war!” No amount of tricks, bribes, doughnuts! would work. And I gotta say Dru, I appreciate your persistence. Yet, here’s the thing: no matter what happens on the shoot, 9 times out of 10, when I get back to my house, download the pictures, organize them, upload to Lightroom and start editing, there is almost always a miracle shot that I don’t even remember taking. It is as if the camera took the lead and clicked for me. The picture with Dru smiling up over his mom with his sister Elle and Da, Mack, beside is this miracle shot for me. I did not remember him smiling, yet there it was. I prayed he would smile, I remember that. But I was not 100% sure, not even when we parted after the session, that he did. SO I thank you Dru for forgetting I was there for just a moment and enjoying your mom and all the amazing efforts she makes I’m sure on a daily basis to get you to smile. You will thank her one day. Promise. Dad, you rock too!

These pictures were our last attempt at getting Dru to “smile for the camera.” Dru’s amazing mom Trayanna is giving him a pretend doughnut that he thought in his sweet little mind was real. God bless a child’s imagination! Father Mack and sister Elle were quite the troopers as well!