Good morning! Happy Friday! Sick of the snow yet? Me too. Winter is annoying, but it’s good for some things…like updating, refining, setting goals. Over the winter I’ve been working on fine tuning my website and offerings to really reflect what I love to photograph and what I’m good at. As I mentioned in a previous post I’ve added to my portrait offerings with the new Day in the Life Sessions – sessions focused on capturing a slice of life that may or may not include those perfect portraits, but which will always include your cherished moments with loved ones. I’ve noticed over the years with my own family that I often leave my camera at home for those big, traditional things like first day of school, school plays, etc, and just soak in those experiences. The stuff I love to pull the camera out for is the snowball fights, playing with favorite toys, the little in between stuff that I’ll most want to remember when my kids are grown up and moved on.
Ironically, a blog post was on my Facebook feed today that talked about exactly where my mind was going with the new session offerings and my personal photos of my kids. Scary Mommy’s post “I Photographed My Children at All the Wrong Times” talks about how you miss so much by openly focusing on the “big important moments” and not the quiet little everyday ones. It inspired me to talk a little more and share why I think this is so important. Those of you who have been in front of my camera know that I always encourage play and genuine interaction during our sessions even if the original goal was “just that perfect Christmas card picture” – and often the silly candids end up being your favorites. Why not honor those silly candids and stop focusing so much on the expected perfect portrait?
I mean, who doesn’t love that perfect baby photo? It’s set up just right and is gorgeous, of course.
But, in reality, that could be any baby other than my little muffin. I could put any baby girl in a purple tutu and capture her precious face. What is uniquely my baby girl? Well, her glee when her two older siblings crashed our photo shoot:
The blizzard of 2015 and Caleb throwing snow in the air, covering all of us, when I tried to take a photo of the three of them:
Isabelle licking Delilah’s baby fingers and toes:
The “outtakes” from our little Valentine’s day photo shoot…outtakes that I’ll cherish more than the official portraits. These kids LOVE each other, and you don’t get that from lining them up in a row and telling them to “say cheese”
Caleb is almost getting too big to play with his trucks these days, so laying on the floor and rolling the cars around might not happen for much longer
Alexus still loves make believe, her model horses, and her dolls, but soon she’ll be trading them in for “big girl” stuff I’m sure, and I’ll miss the intricate setups she likes to create
SO what’s the point? Yes it’s really nice to have those gorgeous, perfectly crafted portraits of your family, with their clean new sweaters and clothes, perfect hair, smudge-free faces, all smiling at the camera. But it’s IMPORTANT to have pictures of the stuff you might not realize you miss until it’s gone. Make sure you take all the right photos and cherish them always <3