For many people camera-induced stiff-smiles is a very real thing and coaxing a natural smile from them can be difficult. In such cases I find the best smiles can be procured by inciting a little laughter. However, the Hughes family needed little coaxing and for them there is no such thing as a “little laughter”. I started by telling one of the guys to crack a joke and make everybody laugh, and that was all it took. Jay, Dena, Calvin and David managed to laugh their way through the whole photo shoot and they brought their photographer right along with them. And it was real gut-splitting laughter, guys. The kind where your abs start to protest. I walked away feeling really refreshed by this family desirous of pictures that truthfully spoke of their family dynamics. They were clear on what felt natural for them and what did not which so clearly translates to the camera (and is a photographer’s dream). I enjoyed capturing their light-hearted banter and welcoming personality (They didn’t even hesitate to include Calvin’s girlfriend Anna in the shoot). I hope these pictures communicate this family’s joy-filled personality.
Thank you for the laughs, Hughes family. It was a delight!