I had the opportunity to photograph a lovely family recently who I have done a maternity session with the mother and father before a little over a year ago. This time I got to go to their home and hang out with the mum and five of her six sons. yes, you heard me right, six boys aged from 1 years old to 21 years old. Shazia is such an inspiration as she can deal with so much testosterone in one room and hold so much grace and respect with ease. She even home schools the younger boys. She is also so giving and kind, a sweet lovely personality. I am in awe as I can only deal with my two children on the best of times. Don't get me wrong, I adore my kids but they can be a handful. I have much respect for all mothers really. As they say, it is the hardest job in the world but also the most rewarding.
I was welcomed into their home with a smile and invitation of a cup of coffee. The older boys were so willing to model and were perfect in following my direction and little suggestions to pose and even hug, to an extent. I mean they are boys after all, when I said "Give each other a big cuddle", they looked at me like " Really?" But they kind of caved in after a bit knuckle rubbing. Ha Ha
They were so patient with me while I used my new light modifier and in turn they shared even holding it for me while I photographed the other one. So helpful and polite, thank you boys.
The two youngest boys were not entirely in the mood to be photographed as their older brothers were, so I did have a bit more of a challenge.This is very common with young children and as a photographer I need to work on their time schedule. So I rolled with it and let them just relax around their toys and encouraged them to jump around on the couch (with Shazia's permission, of course) and show me some of their toys or give mummy a cuddle or try to sit and let their mummy reads to them. It relaxed them enough for me to capture these moments.
I managed to capture some lovely moments of Shazia with her boys individually and just as I was packing away my equipment, her 17 year son came home from college. Well, I had to grab the chance of snapping some shots of him by their living room window. Just chatting to him about the college course he is taking, while I took photos of him, definitely relaxed him a bit and I learnt more how caring and intelligent Shazia's boys truly are.
You can tell she is proud of her boys and she should be, they are polite, charismatic, clever and handsome lads. She should be proud of herself too. Her hubby Samba and herself seems to know how to raise boys. I mean they have had plenty of practice, remember six boys!!They do it with patience, understanding, structure, strong role models and a heap of love.
Here are some more images I captured. Hopefully, they will be happy memories for them when they look back at the photos in years to come. That is always my aim: Making memories, creating art.
P.S This is my absolute favourite image from this session. To me, it shows a mother's instinct to nurture and protect her child. I love it in black and white as it adds to the documentary feel and aids in showcasing how that gorgeous daylight floods in.