It’s been a busy two months and I haven’t had time to write. I still don’t, but I have to post some photos from my shoot yesterday with Maggie and Moses. I have had the privilege of photographing Maggie and Moses for the last three years. I started when Moses was about 18 months old (usually pretty low percentage shooting).
One of my favorite photos of all time came from the first time I shot Maggie and Moses together. Moses was a stout and hearty walker by then, but he was still just a toddler. Kids at that age are hard to photograph, but I got lucky. I’m also a sucker for a good looking dog, especially one with some beagle heritage.
My friendship with Maggie however goes back a bit farther.
In 2005 I shot her father’s wedding to her new step-mother. Maggie was pretty interested in my cameras, so I took out my extra-emergency back-up body, put a lens on it, and made her my assistant. She took to it right away and spent the rest of the day helping me.
Photographing anyone under three is always a challenge. In 2009 Moses was just so happy to be out playing with Maggie that he was hard to pin down. Maggie, one-time professional photographer’s assistant, was hip to the trouble I was having, so we took a break for her to give Moses some attention. She was giving him this piggyback ride which turned out to be my favorite photo of the day.
This year everything was different. It’s not clear if Moses remembered me, or just got the positive vibe from Maggie and was ready to have some fun. He’s still not quite four, and an active boy more interested in rocks and sticks than looking at the camera, but he was out for fun as long as we kept moving. Maggie was still the lovely, great subject she has always been, but now, although she’s only in 5th grade, you can clearly see the graceful young woman she will soon become. Enough talk, Time for pictures.