Ben and I have been friends for a few years now. Hanging out with him is always a good time! He loves the Mavs and when possible we get together to cheer on our team.
Ben and I had been talking about doing a photo shoot for a couple of weeks. He had just ordered new oars and thought a lifestyle shoot would be fun.
Earlier this week, he found out that his son would be in town and wanted to get him in on the shoot as well.
The weather in Austin had been rainy and dark for a few days. At about 4PM on Sunday he shot me a text that said, “Hey man, rain is gone from the forecast.” We decided to meet in an hour at the Austin Rowing Club. By the time, I got out of my car at Town Lake, the sun was gone. We decided to make the best of it and go on with the shoot.
Working with kids, you have to be fast, ready and extremely patient. Jamin would hold a smile for 2 to 3 seconds at a time before he would morph into silliness. Sometimes, you just need to go with the flow and take sillyness by the horns. In the end. His demeanor made the event light.
The clouds began to change fairly quick. Initially, I was disappointed. I wanted a bright sunny day for Ben and his son, as they share a beautiful bond.
Nevertheless, I think the clouds show the strength that Ben and Jamin have and allowed the pictures to focus on them rather then the screen around them.
As for the solo shots … the darkened sky pushes Ben forward in each photo and shows him as a forced to be reckoned with.
This may by one of my favorite shoots at this point in time.
May blessings to Ben and his son!