My son

This week  I had access to my son as a photographic subject, given that he was on Spring break.  For the most part he was a willing and patient model, tolerating my interruptions and going along with ideas for images.   Below are some images we created together - some more spontaenous than others, but all of them with his collaboration and consent.

The first one was done outside the house.  Pablo was playing with a buddy and I asked him to have his portrait made on the grass.  He agreed, although not very enthusiastically, and after a couple of jokes he was giving me a natural, wonderful expression, which I capture on the image below.

Pablos natural joy

Pablo's natural joy

Pablo having his lunch - he was enjoying this Chinese plate with strange veggies and mushrooms, but it was really too much food… at the end he was visibly expressing his displeasure at having to finish his meal.  And I think he was acting a little for the camera too.

Do I need to eat all this?

Do I need to eat all this?

 A while later it was time for violin practice.  He was patient with me as I inserted a black background between him and the wall, and I used a reflector to bounce some of the window light coming from camera left.   I like his dignified look here, but I am sure he was thinking something like “Dad, don’t you have some real work to do?” - one day he’ll like this picture.

The violin player

The violin player

Today Pablo learned a new trick of cards, and he was happy to show it to me.  It required four aces and it was pretty neat - he did it so well that I didn’t quite catch how he did it!  This inspired me to create an image of him with the four aces.   He went to play with a friend and when he was back I had the two portable flashes ready and I created this image by merging two separate images.

The poker hand

The poker hand

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