Family sessions are a huge part of my business. And I love them. There's something so amazing about getting to know the people that make up a particular family unit. Every single one of them is so unique and beautiful. It amazes me how God creates people to have community and share life with other people. To be able to capture each family in their own way is such an honor.
For you parents out there afraid to attempt family pictures....go for it! These moments do not have to be "picture perfect". Throw that out the window because I am a photographer and I don't even know what that is. What I do know is that the camera is a tool to capture the way you are presently. My job is to celebrate who you are in this moment. Of course we aim for those ones where everyone is looking at the camera and things are going smooth and smiles abound.....but strive for the candids, the images that tell stories of your kids' personalities. As they grow up, you should be able to look back at how much they've grown into who they are made to be. These moments happen in sessions through laughter, joking, playing, walking and just being.
These are the best moments from our time together. It wasn't all bliss and smooth but it was pretty dang fun! It can never be easy all the way through because life isn't easy like that. However, if we could capture highlights of each day, every day would have incredible memories! That's what you have to remember when planning a family session. You don't have to have the best, behaved children. You don't have to have perfect hair that doesn't get blown by the wind. You don't even have to have a perfect smile. You just have to be present and willing to experience joy.
There's so much beauty in our lives that we forget years later or even in the day to day. Being able to remember it for years through images of one hour is worth the sweat and patience to plan it!