I was at my friend's house the other day and she had her grandson for the day. I had told her I was coming by with a camera and wanted to snap a few pics. Her son is, in my opinion, a terrific, but inexperienced photographer, who way overthinks his photography sometimes. I think that when you have a photographer in the family, people set up expectations that you don't want to miss, and so you do nothing, rather than do it and fail. What people don't realize is that while you might be an awesome fine art photographer, or architectural photographer or wedding photograper, maybe babies make you nervous.... You wouldn't ask an orthopedic surgeon to do a coronary bypass, right? Bad comparison, I know. : ) However, the baby is four months old and Uncle hasn't taken any shots yet, so I wanted SOMETHING for her to have as a 4 month marker.
In my younger days, I would have stressed over the lighting and the clothing and the posing and maybe I would have never gotten around to taking photos either, I don't know. In any event, when I arrived, I stripped his carefully chosen clothing off him, down to the diaper, put him in front of a door way with lots of great natural light, and snap, bang, boom got some photos to make a collage of. It took less than 20 minutes. Could I have made better portraits with a softbox and more effort? Probably. But if I had to drag on that stuff around, or have her come to my house, it might not have ever happened. Keepin' it simple. That's how I roll.