Pictures have the power to take us back in time and to preserve memories. Instead of posing you, I want to make pictures for you that will capture family interaction and special moments that showcase your life as it is right now. No matter what changes in the future, I want you to be able to remember the little things that used to encompass your days: your real life.
If you are looking for a perfectly posed family picture, where everyone is gazing into the camera with happy faces and every hair in place, then I'm not the photographer for you. I think that type of family portrait is beautiful, and I know many photographers who 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!!
- While I don't want to show a war-zone if your house is typically meticulous, I don't want you to clean for me. Remember that my aim is to show your real life! If you have kids, then that most likely involves a bit of messiness in your house. Don't think of it as clutter; think of it as pieces of your story. It's fun to look back at pictures and say, "Hey- look at that book on the floor; you used to love that book and never put it away!"
Q: Aren't my cell phone pictures good enough for documenting my everyday life?
- I am so thankful for cell phone cameras, which are incredibly impressive AND convenient! It makes it so easy to document little life moments every day. However, it is not the same as having someone else come in to show the whole story. You might be able to catch bits and pieces of the story while you are being the parent, but as the photographer, I have the advantage of being able to focus solely on putting all those pieces together. That way, you can live the moments rather than worrying about freezing them with your camera. PLUS, this way you can be *in* the images (selfies don't count)!
Q: What if I want to look perfect in every picture?
- Ok, you might not actually ask it like that, but I bet the thought crossed your mind! When you hear that I won't be posing you, you might be worried that I will take a bunch of pictures where you have a strange expression, you are making an ugly face, or your hair is sticking straight up. Of course I understand that fear, because I don't think anyone wants to see themselves looking bad in a picture. I can promise you 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.
BUT.....I want you to remember something. Your kids and grandkids will want to remember you and what you were like when they were little. They don't want to just see a sterilized version of you every few years when you get family portraits done. I can't count the number of people that I've heard talk about how few pictures they have of their moms from when they were little. 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: Do you want to inadvertently teach your kids that it's only ok to be in a picture if they look perfect? I doubt that you want them to hang their sense of worth or even picture-worthiness on their appearance, so make sure you're not modeling that for them! (Just a little dose of healthy perspective here. I know I always need to remind myself of these things! :) )