Families radiate personality, connection, and creativity in abundance. There is no need to stage it. And isn’t this what we want to remember with our photographs? The original, raw and unscripted version of the people we love?
At my house, raw emotion is worn on your sleeve, right next to the peanut butter handstreak. There is an outpouring of morning kisses and giggles harmonizing with the kicking puddle of a three-year-old on the floor. I can hear ninja practice going on in the bedroom overhead. All of this before the coffee-maker has finished brewing in the morning.
I am looking forward to the day when my kids sleep past 6. But do I want to remember this? Absolutely. One of the great mysteries of life is where all of that exuberance and energy comes from. And the truth is, I may forget some of its magic as my family grows up. My memories of my first days as a mother have already grown hazy. What will another decade bring?
Most of your powerful, stick-with-you memories come from a familiar place. Your home, your street where you ride bikes, your town lake you where you spend summer evenings, the pizza place the kids love. The places of your memories are packed with meaning for you, and will lend themselves to photographs that find a deep, cozy spot in your heart.
Documentary photographs can remind us of little gestures and nuances we might later forget. They can capture a glance or a hug or a head tilt that shows a bond in a way that many never get to see. They can help us remember how life felt at a particular time, and not just how it looked. They can help us describe it to our grown children as they embark on their own parenting adventures.
Hang these memories on your walls, or put them in an album to share, and suddenly you've created something lasting out of your experiences. You've solidified these memories so they don't just live in your mind. Your children will grow up seeing and hearing their own stories on display, building confidence in who they are and where they come from.
I will make this easy for you. Believe me, this is a fun process! Most families feel that having a family photo session is a great bonding experience. Don't worry about the kids, and whether they will 'perform.' When kids act out, it often makes for amazing photographs. Don't worry about how the day will play out - we will make a plan ahead of time that puts everyone at ease. We will discuss ways to capture those memories you want to hold on to and those activities that have meaning to you. And I will bring many ideas too - I have loads of ideas for fun family sessions that are beautiful to photograph.
Don't worry that you will not like unposed photographs of yourself. I understand this concern. Many other families have expressed it. But when they see their photographs, they find that they are overjoyed by the emotion and the connection they portray. Their portraits show how hard they work, and how deeply they love and are loved.
If you are longing to hold on to the wonderful moments of your life, let's talk!
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