Get in front of the camera.
That’s my current mantra with my kids.
It doesn’t matter what kind of month, week, day you are having. It doesn’t matter if you want to lock yourself in a closet after a rough day with them. It doesn’t matter what you are wearing. It doesn’t matter. Get your parents, get your husband, get your siblings, get your family and get in front of the camera. They will complain and that’s ok. Get. In. Front. Of. The. Camera.
They deserve it. They deserve to look back and laugh at how insane your clothes and hair looks 20 years from now. They deserve to see the way their grandparents looked at them. They deserve to see that even though you were busy, you stopped for THEM.
Parents all too often care about getting pictures of their kids being “perfect”-smiling, no dirt on your nice clothes, standing still, etc.-that they miss getting pictures of their kids being themselves. Sometimes that means that they are running or jumping or spinning. Other times that means that its them being quiet and reserved. It doesn’t matter what it is because that is how your child should be remembered and that’s the reason you love this tiny person. You love them for being them. And those in-between moments of perfect smiles are kind of amazing. I can’t tell you how many clients I’ve had who wanted “one good picture of everyone smiling at the camera” but end up doing canvases of an in between moment. It resonates with us as parents because we take a step back and appreciate the second of them being them.
One of my favorite things about this job is getting to photograph my best friends kids. Its fulfilling to me on a whole other level. I love getting to give them images of how I see their kids and how awesome they are as parents. This session is one of those special “friends turned family” kind of family.
OH! And while I’m on my get in front of the camera soap box, it doesn’t do any good to get in front of the camera if you are just going to leave the image on your phone that you’ll probably lose one day soon. DO something with that picture ok? Make albums, print pictures, there are billions of things to do with them. Because, one day, you’ll sit for over an hour with your kids while they are the quietest they’ve been for quite some time (maybe ever?) pouring over old pictures and talking about all of those important people in your life and your best friend will be there with her camera taking pictures like this of you with your kids. (Thank you beyond words to Jenn Hopkins at Jenn Hopkins Photography in Jacksonville, FL for the following images)
And then you will realize, they deserve it.