The Return Of Family Portraits
Happy holidays! I’m very excited to share these sweet fall family portraits! For a long time I had decided I wanted to focus solely on weddings, but not anymore. My recent family sessions have been absolutely wonderful! Many regard their wedding day as the most important day in their lives, and I’ve considered it a real honor to be a part of that. However, it’s a further honor to document the life that they’re building together after the wedding.
Social media and the internet have really skewed our perception of reality. One of the reasons I gave up photographing families was the ingrained expectations that both the clients and myself had. There was this hope of having a session filled with “Pinterest-worthy” photos, with everyone looking at the camera with perfect smiles and coordinating outfits. And if the entire session wasn’t like that, it’s like it wasn’t a success. I’m feeling a little ironic at this point though since the first photo in this series actually did work out like that, and we got some truly darling shots throughout. But that first portrait is not my favorite one; and that isn’t what family photos are really about.
Personally, I believe family portraits should have charm. They should capture your family and everyone’s personality at that stage of life. Kids are just brimming with adorable, honest, wild personality. Being able to bring that out on film and letting them be themselves is part of that charm. And the same goes for the parents! And in the case of this family, we included their pooch, Blue, who wasn’t particularly interested in looking at the camera. I love how James plays with his kids and makes them scream in laughter. I hope you can see what a great mom Sarah is by the way her kids look at her.
I try to have our own family portraits taken around once a year, because as every parent will tell you, they grow up too fast. Not everyone needs to take photos that often, of course. I know you parents know what I’m talking about, it can be stressful planning for portraits and outfits! And just about every time you have a session planned, you can be sure one of the kids will trip and scrape their face or get mud on their pants minutes before. That’s how it goes with my children, anyway. But it’s worth it to me. Your portraits should also have connection and honesty. When we relax, and let the photographer capture us in all of our quirky imperfection, we love the photos. Because that’s who we are.
I treasure the family portraits I have. And the very few formal portraits I have from my own childhood with my parents and siblings. These big personalities and sweet, tiny faces at each stage are something I want to remember forever. I’m thrilled to be offering family sessions again! Please contact me to schedule your session! I’ll also be offering gift cards for anyone who would like to give a session for Christmas this year.
Here’s to capturing memories and laughter and sticky kisses!