Instead of posing you, I want to capture your family interactions and special moments that showcase your life as it is right now. No matter what changes in the future, these pictures will help you remember the little things that encompass your current normal: your real life.
If you are looking for a perfectly posed family picture, where everyone is looking at the camera with happy faces and every hair in place, then I'm not the photographer for you. That type of family portrait is beautiful, and many photographers do that so well. But that's not me!
Most of the time real life is messy, chaotic, and unscripted...but it's beautiful. That's what I want to show as I tell the story of your family.
You will never get these moments back that you are living right now. Capturing these moments will give your family an irreplaceable gift for the future: memories.
Q: What if my house is messy? I don't want pictures to show a messy house!!
- These pictures are helping you to remember your real life! If you have kids, then that most likely involves a bit of messiness. Those things are pieces of your story. It's fun to look back at pictures and see old things that you'd forgotten about. "Do you remember that book?? You used to ask us to read that every night!"
Q: Aren't my cell phone pictures good enough for documenting my everyday life?
- Cell phone cameras are incredibly impressive AND convenient! It makes it so easy to document little life moments every day. But while you might be able to catch bits and pieces of the story as you are parenting, I have the advantage of being able to focus on putting all those pieces together to show your whole story. That way, you can live the moments rather than worrying about freezing them with your phone- at least for one day. Plus, YOU get to be in the images!
Q: Am I going to look ugly in the pictures?
When you hear that the pictures are unposed, you might be worried that you will end up with a bunch of pictures where you have a strange expression, you are making an ugly face, or your hair is sticking straight up. No one wants to see themselves looking bad in a picture. But I promise that I will not keep pictures that I think are unflattering of you. I want to show you looking natural, but I will also be aware of how you look.
As a side note.....Your kids and grandkids will want to remember you and what you were like when they were little. They don't want to only see a sterilized version of you every few years when you get family portraits done. Think about your own parents and what a treasure it would be if you had pictures like this of them to look back on!
And one more thing. Just as you don't want your kids to hang their sense of self-worth on their appearance, make sure you're not inadvertently modeling that for them! ("No, I can't get in that picture....I need to lose 10 pounds first!")