Stress always seems to be around the corner. It can be stressful having a photographer come over to your home to take pictures of your family, while you go through the motions of a normal day, but it doesn’t need to be that way! Any professional photographer, whether in a posed or a documentary shoot, will work tirelessly so you don’t feel any stress at all. Of course, as a mother I understand that if we have company of any sort, let alone having a photographer over whose background will be our house, will make us want to deep-clean everything, repaint the living room, and buy all new furniture. This sort of stress would make anyone want to skip a photo session, but again, as a mother, I understand the importance of having photos of your family and your children while they’re still young, or while you’re all together.It takes hard work to build and maintain a family, and my job isn’t to make that harder for you. Rather, it’s to make it the easiest and most relaxing session possible. With a documentary session, I come to you, and I spend an hour or so following everyone around snapping as many pictures as I can. The point is to capture you and your family just as you are, free from any rigid poses or staged scenes. Trust me, years from now, when your kids have all moved out and you’re left with an empty nest, you’ll miss the mess! Being able to cherish, in a photo, what life was like when they were young is a gift, and that’s the gift that I want to give to you. So don’t worry about steam cleaning the carpets, or cleaning up the Legos, I want to capture your genuine family life, messes included.
Getting your kids to look at the camera and smile can be tough. Sometimes, yelling ‘say cheese!’ isn’t enough, and you have to bribe or punish to get them to interact. If you rule out the poses and the staging, though, you can free yourself up from forced smiles to capture your kiddos laughing and playing and being themselves. That’s true for any shoot, and easier than ever when a photographer comes to your own home, where your kids have their toys and favorite snacks and, most importantly, where they’re most comfortable. If your kids are in an environment where they feel safe, they’ll let their guard down and have fun. That’ll make for some wonderful, genuine photos you’ll love to look back on, and it’ll take the burden and anxiety right from your shoulders.
If you take a look back through my galleries, you’ll notice some sessions where the kids were in their pj’s, or toys were strewn all over the floor, and everything seems casual. That’s how I mean it to be! Picking out nice and matching clothes for everybody can be stressful, and letting the kids roam wild and free will only make for a more natural and memory-making session. The more everyone forgets that I’m there, the better the pictures will be! We may have it in our heads that we have to be meticulous to make things look nice, but really, the truth is that you look best as you are – and when you look at the two side by side you can really tell the difference. What’s easier than just being yourself?
The most wonderful part of taking a documentary approach to a photo session is the privilege of meeting the variety of families, and seeing them go about a regular day. I love capturing the moments in between things, where no one’s really paying attention. It’s always fun for families to look back on those small moments, and it’s often where the most precious memories are made. Looking back on those photos from a time past is one of the best stress-relievers, and having an album full of stress relief is invaluable! There’s nothing I love more than giving someone that gift. If you want to skip the worrying this year, contact me HERE, and we’ll set up a session right away!