I had the privilege of being on the other side of the camera recently. I say privilege because I am hardly ever in the pictures. As a photographer I almost always have my camera, but hardly ever do I hand it off to get pictures of me. I did hair for years and didn’t like the process of getting my hair done. Sure, I loved the end result, but getting my picture taken is kind of the same for me. Planning outfits for a family session can be stressful in itself. So planning for my own was no different. I picked our outfits and family members had an opinion…some a very STRONG opinion. My first thought was “Is this what my clients go through?”. Holy cow…I’m a strong believer of picking your battles. As a photographer I know that it’s not about wearing the perfect outfit, but about the emotion behind the image. But c’mon…I want to look good so I FEEL good, right? Am I alone when I say that most of the pictures I do have of me with my kids I’m in my workout gear, no make-up, hair pulled back (thank you to LuluLemon for at least creating some cute workout gear). If I’m getting my picture taken with a professional photographer I know I want to look good. Who doesn’t? So my purpose of writing this is to remind us all that it’s about getting IN the pictures to begin with. I know I look at old pictures of my mom and grandmothers and think about my childhood…not “Oh I bet she wished she fixed her gray or lost that weight.” I know the thoughts that go through our minds because we are so critical of ourselves. I need to lose 10 lbs, my hair needs to be done, Oh my wrinkles! The list goes on…I’m here to tell you to not let those excuses stop you. Get in the frame and please I beg you to print your images and not leave them hijacked on your computer! I’m so thankful to my girl Elicia Graves for giving me the gift of images with my children. It was a super fun session and I had a blast cuddling and swinging my kids around. I’m sure you’ve heard that California is in a drought. It just so happened that it rained on the day of our session. I could’ve canceled, but with our busy lives maybe another 6 months to a year would go by before I would reschedule…having even more time to think of the usual excuses. In the end, maybe I didn’t look perfect, but really…what is perfect? Maybe it should be about the “imperfect”. So I challenge you to get in the frame with your kids.. Have those fun shots of your family being “imperfect”. It makes the whole process way more fun.
Tips for a smooth session:
- Pick a photographer who’s style you love.
- Plan ahead.
- Check the weather and have a backup plan.
- Figure outfits ahead of time, but pick your battles!
- Remind your spouse how much this means to you.
- Just go with it!
A family session is like planning a mini event…know that it may not go exactly as planned, but enjoy the event and mostly, just enjoy the people that are with you!
Thank you Elicia Graves for giving me the gift I will treasure forever!