I had looked forward to taking part in Scott Kelby's Worldwide Photo Walk for weeks! I loved the idea of joining a group of people obsessed with photography and wandering through Sacramento while others across the globe were doing the same thing. It seems, however, that Ian had other plans for me.
At 4PM he was still sleeping which wasn't a good sign since we needed to be at the Capitol at 445PM. At 500 he was still sleeping. At 530 he was still sleeping. I'd finally resolved that it wasn't meant to be. It was 104 degrees and I probably am still not completely well enough for an almost two mile walk so I let him continue to sleep.
At 630PM one very happy boy woke up with the announcement "I'm done sleeping!" Just happens there was a member event at the Train Museum. So with the promise of cake (because it was a party!) we were out of the house in under 15 minutes! We arrived in Old Sacramento just as the photo walk would be ending.
Thankfully there were cupcakes at the train museum and enough to keep him happy while I shot some ugly indoor photos. (the train museum has horrible light and the ceiling is way too high to bounce a flash). When we left the museum we were greeted with THE BEST light EVER and a happy little boy. (since he'd had sugar!)
I've always loved the wall and alleyway by the grassy field in Old Sac but with light at 801 just pouring beautifully over it I was in heaven. He posed a bit for me and Shea and I attempted to recreate a photo from several years ago. Ian has grown some as the toss completely freaked him out and that part of our shoot was over! The wall though...definitely my favorite!
People often ask how I get him to cooperate. I must admit he is cooperative by nature, but he is also 3 and has a mind of his own. Timing helps, sugar helps and asking him to make funny faces.
Typically it goes something like this, "Ian do you and dad want to make funny faces?" "Yahhhhh!!" He makes funny faces. I snap and somewhere in between he smiles a real smile and if I'm lucky I grab it! Today I was lucky!
I think my personal photo walk was a success. Next year I'm getting a baby sitter!