Since I’m reminiscing here and all (see this post on how I fell in love with Alabama beaches…) I feel compelled to share another cute beach story from film shooting days (what is FILM? Oh, it’s that long strip of 36 exposures you used to THINK hard before clicking the shutter upon… but I digress!).
It was a terribly hot July Saturday in ’08, when my good friend Stephanie Ireland asked for my help for a family shoot she was having on the white dunes of Orange Beach. So, having nothing better to do and longing for the sand on my feet, I said yes.
Dodging some serious traffic, we get there and log around the ton and a half (I am NOT joking here, that girl had some gear!) of lighting equipment Stephanie decided to bring, we get to shooting 3 wicked lovely kids! And while she proceeded to get out a laptop and show off the goodies, I grabbed my camera, put in some BW film and started wandering around, lacking willingness to interfere with her selling session.
Off I go into the sands, when all of a sudden the most precious little boy starts coming towards me out of nowhere… and I snap one first click.
He doesn’t run for cover!
He starts smiling biiiiiiig!
His parents show up from behind the dunes and I get a little weary, should I keep taking photos… they smile and wave at me and I take that as a yes. The little boy though… he starts loving my camera and the clicky sounds! As in, seriously tilting his head and posing and doing all kinds of goofy faces that NO 2-3 year old toddler is EVER willing to make when faced with the one eyed monster known as my Nikon! I was so pleasantly shocked that I could not stop taking photos of this little wonder!
By now his mom and dad are having the best time seeing their son posing for me. While they’re telling me they live in GA and vacationing in Orange Beach, I finish my impromptu session with Kaden. I hand out a business card and beg them to contact me so I can send the cute candids of their awesome little boy.
They were so grateful and so happy, they even offered to pay me! There was no discussion, this one was to be on the house 🙂
That little happening taught me 2 things:
1. ALWAYS have film in your camera (yes, I know I said film!!! Why not have some old fashioned fun while at it?)
2. Sometimes, unknowingly, a little wonder will pop up from nowhere to just make your day, so… EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED!