Every family session, a parent will turn to me and say "are my kids the craziest you've shot?" And then I say: "everyone says that, I really promise you." Because kids might be used to you having your iphone in their face, but they're not totally used to a stranger with a fairly big camera in their space. Kids get excited, they laugh a little too loud to get my attention or they hide and don't really want to show me their cuteness. But I get it. And I can work with it. Because we're not really trying to get those perfectly posed images where you're all wearing blue jeans and white shirts (how many of us have those from when we were kids!) we're preserving that sense of who you guys are, in this moment, all chaos and cuddles and milk stains.
It's what I want when we have family photos. I don't want to remember sitting in itchy grass and my cheeks hurting from holding my smile because my little sister doesn't know how to smile for the camera yet (BUT I DO REMEMBER THAT!!!) I want you to remember that it was fun and the kids were smiling and snuggling and mostly I just want you to remember you, at this stage, because you are perfectly wonderful now. Please say you get what I mean... let's ditch perfection and pursue something a little more real. Like these five. Three girls and a brand new amazing restaurant. We shot it at BNA Brewing and the girls were so sweet and funny and rambunctious. It was fun and lively and their momma turned to me and was like: "were they too crazy?" and I was like "they were themselves, it was perfect."