Playing is recommended for all ages…


This is two-year old Griffin.

Griffin’s dad asked me before the photo shoot what they should do to prepare for our two hour photo shoot. I told him I would like to take any exploring, playing, or learning photos, because that is what you do when you are two.

So when I arrived for the photo shoot on Monday, his mom was ready. She had a critter box, golf clubs, a baseball bat, bubbles, a bicycle, a swing, a jump rope and a couple of outfits. After picking out the first outfit, we got to work… which is hardly work when it involves bubbles and a two year old.










We had lots of fun exploring and trying out all the different activities, and when dad came home… we took some cute family photos.

It was an easy photo shoot… the location was perfect, there were tons of activities and Griffin was adorable, so we definitely got some keepers… but my favorite photos of the day, are the photos from the very end of the day, when the photo shoot was technically over.

I was saying my good-byes and I started to pack up my things… when the real fun began.

As a rule, everyone relaxes at the end of a photo shoot, so naturally that is when the real playing starts. When the parents relax then the kids relax and the smiles get bigger. There is no way I can make a child smile as big as a child’s parents can make them smile… so my favorite photos are always the ones where the parents jump in and roll around too. It makes everything better, especially the photos.









A photo shoot is all about teamwork… just like we learned in middle school, “Together We Can.”

About the author paige green

Paige Green is a documentary and portrait photographer, whose storytelling approach to photography frequently addresses issues involving agriculture, land use, and food. Her work is featured in nine books and has been published in Glamour, National Geographic Traveler, New York Times Magazine, Conde Nast Traveler, GQ, Country Living, House Beautiful, and Culture. Paige lives in Petaluma, CA with a house full of boys.

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  1. That’s Real Green Grass


  2. These are wonderful pictures


  3. i love your job.
    and, to make it all the more enviable, you’re SO good at it!


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