I was lucky enough to photograph some dear friends this weekend. The Millers. I've known them for a long time, I babysat for them, we've been through a lot together. All 14 of them ended up in the same place at the same time, and I was happy to photograph the event.
It is, quite simply, more challenging to photograph good friends than it is to photograph people I don't know well. Well, it is for me anyway.
I find that what I know about the people can influence how I photograph them. And the kids, who know I'm a total softy when it comes to their behavior, are often less formal than kids who don't know me.
This is a challenge and a blessing.
I had a harder time getting a good family portrait because the kids were having fun, which sometimes means not looking at the camera, or joking around and being silly.
But sometimes it means I get to capture an image that I would never be able to get from people I don't know.
A good lesson, and a great blessing, to have photographed this family.
Until next time - Jon