We recently had a wonderful summer vacation and got to spend time reconnecting with family members. One of the best things was watching all of the cousins reconnect and (most of the time) have a great time with one another. As we wrapped up the cousin time, I really wanted to get some cousin pictures - one of my sister-in-laws also has three daughters and they are each a few months off of our daughters. So reunions and vacations with the cousins means there are automatic playmates of roughly the same age.
These two, being the oldest, were the natural ringleaders, bossing - leading - the other cousins around, having the younger ones do their bidding. I wanted to capture this conspiratorial relationship, so I told them to pretend they were planning some secret fun thing to do that they didn't want the younger sisters to know about.
Getting together with cousins and family can sometimes help push our comfort zone a little bit ... mixing all kinds of personalities together, but in a good way! Like with a good cookie, the occasional nut brings some healthy variety ...
All told, my goal was to get pictures of the cousins together (just a couple examples here) that were more expressive than having them stand rigid against a brick wall, like they were waiting for the firing squad.
I took the pictures in our beach house, in the pool table room. Not having much room, I ended up shooting over the pool table and the girls standing with their backs to the sliding glass door. I had hoped to have a nice big, airy room to work with, but made do with what I had, though it did limit what we could do.
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