Barefoot in the Bark

March 22, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

This photograph of a little boy with a splinter in his foot

was published on the cover of the San Francisco Bay Area magazine: Infants to Teens.

When I brought my camera to Brian's home, he gave me a tour of his wooded back yard and the many wood piles his father had carefully stacked to dry out before winter. Then Brian showed me how to skillfully hunt for blue belly lizards!!!

 

His technique was flawless, amazingly simple and yet effective. He would see a blue belly lizard sunning itself on one of his father's warm wood piles. He would ever so quietly sneak up behind it, and  without any warning, he would suddenly turn his hand up-side-down and flick the back of the unsuspecting lizard with his littlest finger.

 

The stunned lizard sat quietly in a daze as Brian scooped him up and slid him down the slick milk jug. We are not talking about an amateur lizard hunter, mind you, but a professional!

 

Brian was a good sportsman who enjoyed the hunt, and by releasing all of them, he guaranteed himself another day of delightful hunting!

 

As I enjoyed watching Brian having so much fun, I began taking mental notes of posing ideas. I set up my camera and made several exposures.

 

 I tried several candid shots of Brian, but nothing felt right until he sat down in a wood pile and began playing with a couple of pieces of kindling.

 

As Brian played, he got a splinter in his middle toe. At the exact same moment of the splinter, a gigantic cloud moved

overhead and gave me some absolutely gorgeous diffused lighting. Brian was busy with his splinter, and I was busy thanking the Lord for the cloud cover which gave me incredible color saturation and much needed shading to make this picture perfect. 

Barefoot in the Bark

When I brought back the proofs of my session with Brian, his parents were elated.

 

It has been quite awhile since I last saw Brian, but as I think of him I ask the good Lord to richly bless my dear young friend who helped me create such a winning portrait!

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