Part One: Background
My sister and her four cute kids are in town from California. We arranged for a photo shoot with my friend, Elisha Snow, in scenic Farmington, Utah. Elisha took us to a gorgeous orchard filled with blossoming cherry trees and photographed all five kids individually and in various groupings. Pictured: Gillian, age 5.
Part Two: Serendipity.
There was a black and white cat roaming the orchard. Of course there was a cat! When you want five kids under the age of 7 to stay in one general area for a photo shoot, there's always a cat to chase. You can't blame Keira for taking every opportunity to race to the west end of the orchard in search of the "gogga" (she's not yet distinguishing between dogs and cats). I captured a moment of pure serendipity with my iPhone as Gillian followed Keira directly into a sunbeam. No special apps or filters or editing at all. Just the right kind of light and a little bit of magic.
Part Three: Hungry.
We tried to feed everyone earlier than their typical dinnertime, so there would be no rumbly tummies during the shoot. Keira wouldn't eat much and was therefore ravenous for the ride home. No amount of prunes, craisins, Teddy Grahams, or Just Corn would appease her. Meanwhile, Gillian quietly played with my iPhone during the ride. It was only when I arrived home that I saw how Gillian was really entertaining herself—by snapping iPhone photos of Keira crying.
Part Four: Pedicure.
Gillian's only other secret photography subjects were her recently painted toes. There were several angles and views of her pretty little piggies, but this is definitely the best. And here I thought she was playing Angry Birds.