I Need Your Help! Vote! For A Picture! (Update - Polls Close This Friday!!)

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

This weekend I was on a mission. During the rehearsal the flower girl and the ring bearer wouldn't really talk to me. I was totally bummed out. I'm not asking for advice on kids here. I practically raised my 4 younger siblings. Just keep reading!

My mission was to get the kids to open up. On the wedding day this is how things started.


I arrived at the wedding early to start shooting the bride. That's when I saw the kids again. With the help of their dad I was able to get them outside alone with me. Actually, I had dad standing several feet behind me so the kids would feel safe and non-threatened. The picture above is all I got for a few minutes. After interviewing the kids a while I found the problem. They wouldn't smile because they were missing teeth!!!! Boy do I remember those days. Well maybe not but I at least have some embarrassing pictures to remind me how funny I looked and I have thoughts of my older sisters teasing...no taunting me.

Anyways I started thinking of how to take a great shot of the kids and save them the embarrassment of my youth. Presto! I started grunting and making noises like a few well-known animals from the wild. What do you know, I got some smiles and missing teeth from the kids immediately. But remember, I secretly promised myself - no missing teeth pics! I asked the kids to look at each other while I continued to sound like a noise box from the zoo. Remember the little button you would push when you'd walk up to the cage next to the animals to hear the narrative....riiight.

We ended up having a great time with me entertaining and all. The problem now is, I love all of the shots! These kids are too cute.

Help me out. Vote for your favorite picture and tell me why. The first person to vote will get???? A blessing from above! How about every person that votes gets a blessing. Trust me on this one. I'll post up the winning image on rossoscarknight.com!

Picture 1: The serious guy

Picture 2: Dimple starting to form

Picture 3: Both are ready to lose it

Picture 4: Shy guy and girl

Picture 5: The ladie's man

Thanks in advance for your help!

- KNIGHT
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64 comments:

Natarsha said...

LOL...Love these pics.

I adore pic# 4: Shy Girl and Guy

They are trying so hard not to smile, but also look like they having a staring contest and the first one to smile showing there no tooth loses. There giving this shy smirk to one another like yeah anything you can do I can do better look...

Chris said...

LOL@ the first picture

I really like pic#2 and #4. there is an intimacy and playfulness(i.e. like they are both daring each other on who is going to burst with Laughter) in both pictures that I like.

P said...

Ross, Pic 2 because when you look closely he's trying to look tough & hold it all in & she's looking at him like I know exactly what you're trying to do & you're not fooling me. You caught a playful power struggle moment; this pic has the most intrigue. You captured the 2 kids in a moment but if you look closely, you can sense their underlying feelings

Stacey and Michele said...

I like picture #2!!!!

Kids are so great......

Michele

shakhan said...

Picture 3. But love them all.

tkslexus said...

My vote is for picture 4 Shy guy and girl - It looks like they are sharing some some inside joke and they are just trying not to bust out laughing. It just screams child innocence.

Cassye said...

I love Picture #4. They are adorable.

Your blog is wonderful. I enjoy every part of it. Your passion is evident in every shot.

eyesforyou said...

I like pic #4 I find that there is a natural and innocence in children that is not rehearse and this is what I see in photo #4 I love this one out of all of them.

Simi said...

I vote shy guy and girl ... because they look like they are going to burst into laughter anytime soon!

Dawn said...

I love pic #3, it's the one that really made me say "Awwww!". I love their facial expressions, they look like they are trying to see who can hold in the laughter the longest, and the fact that it is in black and white, makes it look so much more innocent!

Dawn

Racquel Simone said...

Picture #3. Picture # 4 is a very lose second.

Mary (Adeeba) said...

#4 is my favorite because she looks like she is saying: "I refuse to look at you or I am going to just let go!"

Mary (Adeeba) said...

#4 is my favorite because she is trying so hard NOT to look at him before "giving up" a laugh

Eliana@BYSE said...

I love 4 as well. The reason is they look so playful but still very childlike. Exactly the way they should be at that age.

Sophia said...

I like Pic 4 because they're both look darling. They're both smiling, barely holding back a laugh - giving an equal amount of energy & attention....That's my pick!

Aleshia said...

#4 is IT! They have a connection in this photo that is different from the others. It's pure, it's sweet and it is real. You may have set the pose on this one, but the emotion is candid!!

e Richard Photography said...

I like them all. #4 is my pick. Do you remember the game, "Let's See Who'll Laugh First"? That's what this picture reminds me of. Great job.

Anonymous said...

Steve and Ruth said:

we think # 4 is the best of the best, but all are contest winners.

Naijadiva said...

I say #3 and #4 for second place

Shellye said...

I like picture #4. It is so cute.

Photogenic said...

Picture #3 is the cutest, they are trying to hard to hold on to their mugs, but loosing the battle.

Inspired Events by Nycia said...

I like them all, but I really like #3 becuase of the language in their faces.. They are so CUTE!!

nicole marie said...

#3!!! This one looks so natural. Like you just so happened to capture this moment. His gaze even looks like he's looking at her lovingly. #4 is a close second for me. Great pictures!

ATLcutey said...

#3 because they are about to laugh out loud! lol. love all the pics though.
:-)

Darcita said...

kids are cuties..3 is my pick!

Dontay's Wife said...

Picture 4 is the cutest.

Stan & Brit said...

hey Ross,

I love the "both getting ready to lose it".....Its priceless they both look cute as can be with a little sly on the side. Then the coloring is also my fav. Good luck on choosing!

Kimberly Denise said...

This is so hard. They are all great shots, and you are right...the kids are too cute! I think I like #3 the best because it seems as if he is leaning a bit as if you captured the "awwww..you got me" moment.

PS. I hope you post the answers to the dancing photo.

Amanda said...

Maybe it's the sephia, but I really like picture 3.

lariche danielle wilson said...

Ross, I vote for #4 ...shy guy and girl. You can see that they are staring intently at each other like they are playing the staring game just waiting for the other one to start laughing first... I like it in color or the custom b&w/sepia-ish tone of #3!

Lady HAYNES, Teka-Ann S. said...

Pic #4 b/c its almost intense, but it just cant be b/c they are ready to burst in laughter. Also the closeness and the angles are puuurrrrrfect, so we get enough of the eyes, which tell so much about the emotion and the partial intensity. Lovely work!

KNIGHT said...

Hey Lariche - don't be a stranger. Check us out on the forum some time.

- KNIGHT

Erika Kimberly said...

HI! Picture #3 is so cute! The way he's looking at her is priceless!


God bless you!!

EK*

jenkinsrosedesigns said...

#4 is my favorite!

Darcita said...

Number 3.. he has the coy smile.. that says "you can't make me laugh"! I think the sepia is beautiful too!

funnybone79 said...

I love #3 because I can see the laughter bubbling up inside of them. She's staring him down like "you better not laugh," and he's like "I'm gonna laugh!!" That's my favorite part of a laugh, when you are trying to hold it in, it becomes this secret you can no longer keep to yourself..

sharon said...

Ross, I like #4
Why, because the children seemed to have unfurled. you notice their hands are no longer fisted but more relaxed, they have moved closer to one another. you see the warmth and closeness between them, almost as if you are no longer there, it has just become the two of them and it is a contest now. you made them forget for a while. A very touching photo, it takes you back, makes you remember what innocence felt like.

Latrice Furlow said...

i would have to say that I absolutely adore pic # 2. she has the look of I will be the last one to smile while is is desperately trying not to let his smile out.

they are all adorable and I can see why you had such a hard time choosing. why not just use them all.

Jeannine Kennedy said...

I love Pic #4. They are about to burst into one of those deep belly giggles that are majorly contagious! Fantastic job at capturing the emotion of JOY!

saima said...

LOL........Love It!!!
Pictures of Kids are priceless. I think number 4 is the classic they are shy, being sneaky, and playful at the same time. It is like kiddie puppy love.....Beautiful shots.

Anonymous said...

Picture 3 is awesome!

Mac said...

I like Picture 3:Both are ready to lose it

I think in this photo they are both trying to make each other laugh it so cute

Mac said...

I Like picture 3 :Both are ready to lose it

i like this photo because they are both trying to make each other laugh to see who is going to show their teeth first to the camera . it so cute

Roni said...

# 4 for sure! But 3 was a solid runner up!

fyahbun said...

I posted my selection on the wrong post.... but here it is "I am torn between picture #3 and #4. If I had to choose though, I would pick #4 (shy guy and girl). the picture captures the fact that the little girl has finally gotten through and the little boy knows it. Great Pictures all around."

Lady A said...

PICTURE 3!!!
Hands down on this one. The girl looks like she has a lot to get off her mind and the boy looks like an old man chilling waiting for her to laugh first. Looks like, she's saying, "Mannn, I can't believe this guy actually thinks that I'm going to smile for him." The boy look like he's saying, "Ahhhh, girl please, I got this pose, check me out!"

Angelique said...

Love them all but pic #3 says it all for me. The little girl is looking very mischieviously at her brother and her brother is looking very innocent and lovingly back at his sister. They will both look back at this picture as adults and remember the entire day as if it were yesterday.

Anonymous said...

I like Shy Guy and Girl because it seems as if the giggles are barely under control! They want to laugh outloud yet dont want their teeth to show, its a battle for these two between laughter and smile;-)

Anonymous said...

I like Picture 4: Shy guy and girl!!

Anonymous said...

Omo says...
Picture 4!!!
Love the way the boy is smiling and looking affectinately at his sister and the sister looking intensively back at him.There is the connections in thier eyes.

Anonymous said...

#4. You bring out the best in every shot.

Laura said...

Picture #3...with #4 as my second choice. Just adorable!

Anonymous said...

love all the pictures but i think #4 is the winner!

alma said...

thanks for the great pictures! they're just so cute and adorable! i wish they could always be like this at home!!!

i love all the pictures but i think #4 takes the cake! they're both trying their best not laugh but it's almost out.

i'm so proud of them!

Anonymous said...

pic 4 most definitely. they are so adorable!

Tracey Robinson said...

I love pic# 4....the shy girl and boy. They really look shy (yeah right)...they appear to not want to laugh at the funny sounds you're making.

Be Bless

Anonymous said...

I like #4 because the kids look like they are having the most fun in this one.

Anonymous said...

Picture #4 without a doubt. It's the best!

Kim said...

I like number 3 best.

myuniq1 said...

picture # 3 - it's like an ad for nike...Just Do It!

fun stuff.
happy weekend!
happy homecoming!

kp

Zoma said...

I like # 4 you captured their joy, their comfort, their friendship. It's like they have a funny secert that only they know and no one else. Great shot!!-MZ

Nicholas said...

Pic # 3 they you can see they are trying to hold their smiles in, but it still shows..they will love it when they get older and look back on it.

All Great Shots.

-Nicholas H.

Anonymous said...

Pix 3

Anonymous said...

Pix #3