I feel a need to have a professional take photos of the girls each year. It’s a funny thing because I’m almost never happy with the end result. They are too staged, my girls don’t cooperate, and I never feel like they really capture who they are at the moment. Nevertheless, I feel the urge to record each stage with professional quality and I think way too much about it, spend far too much on it, and I’m lucky if I can find one or two of the expensive photos that I like enough to put on the wall.
This year I was looking into photographers and our neighbor, who runs one of the lodges in the reserve, offered to take some free shots for us. He has a spectacular camera and so we went to the river and tried to get the girls to pose for a family shot and then let them do their thing while he snapped some candid photos. I much prefer outdoor pictures to studio photos and I’m so happy with the way many of the pictures turned out. I’m sharing a few of my favorites here – all these photos were taken by Chris Kilner.
I’ve given up on that perfect family shot – it’s just impossible to get my girls to sit still, smile, and look at the camera all at the same time but this is the best family photo we’ve had in a very long time.
I really love this photo of Boo. She is going through a stage where she does not want her picture taken and will usually hold something in front of her face or turn her back on me whenever I try. I love that this candid shot shows Boo being Boo, not posing and not avoiding posing.
Kooks is my water baby. Never happier than when splashing about in her favorite element. For the record this was not meant to be a water shoot but I don’t think we would have any decent photos if we’d tried to keep them by the river and didn’t let them get wet.
As luck would have it, we had a professional photographer come to the reserve to photograph the lions just after Chris took these photos. He offered to take a few family photos and some of them are really incredible. The quality is awesome and they will make beautiful enlarged prints. I’m thrilled to have them but they are more posed and I don’t think they capture my girls as well as these shots do. Seeing these shots makes me long for a much better camera and a better eye for photography to go along with it.