Today I attempted to take my families picture, with a remote trigger from my phone. The results were hysterical, and after spending some time in Photoshop, and almost crying, I have one picture I like of our family… and we aren’t even looking at the camera. I admit it, I felt a little upset…. I’m really good at taking other peoples pictures, I capture moments, real smiles, connection, laughter… my own family is a different story! I won’t be attempting this again on my own until they are all adults.
Being on the other side of the camera is a real struggle! Finding clothes, bribing (and threatening) children… It’s a little stressful! Us mom’s really want the picture though. These are the pictures we give as gifts, and hang on our walls. We know that life isn’t perfect, but that image of us looking close to perfect means the world! We work hard serving our family, and we love stepping back and seeing a picture with us in it too! We are usually the ones behind the camera. Sometimes it’s because we are critical of ourselves and don’t like to get in the frame very much, but for the annual family picture, we do it. (and we should do it a LOT more than that! That’s another blog post for another day.)
Having photographs taken are about being together, being family, documenting a moment in time, and having fun making memories in the process. This is your history documented not just for you, but for your future grandchildren! We want to look our best, and have everyone act their best, I get it, I have that goal too most of the time.
What I really wanted to say was this: I feel you! Holy Cow, do I sympathize tonight! I know the struggle it is sometimes to get husbands to the shoot (We know it’s not their favorite thing, and he’s a busy guy!), kids dressed with out someone spilling on their freshly ironed shirt, and you…. You are the glue that brings everyone together momma! You want to look good too, and you should! I often tell moms to dress in something that makes them feel pretty, and THEN figure out what everyone else will wear because I know that if you don’t feel put together, it’s hard to love the images.
Can I leave you with this? You are amazing. I know how hard you worked to show up to your session looking so put together, honestly, you looked just beautiful! But, I get it, and I hope we can not only capture how amazing you look, but how special you are to your family. There’s no such thing as “perfect”… we’ve been shooting for many many years now, and though some people seem pretty close, we know that no one really is. We promise to do good job highlighting your best features, and show personality, and connection through your images. You are the goal. I want to make mom’s happy!! Tonight I completely sympathized with your struggle, and I am stronger for it… Ha! Sessions can be crazy, that was my reality today. Keep on getting family pictures taken! In the end even your husband (maybe when he’s an old grandpa) will thank you for making sure it got done every year. We should get a metal, but I guess a beautiful family picture will do just fine. No matter the struggle to get it done. Right? Right!
I’ve got the image I love.. and I’m ordering it! Next time, I’ll hire Kim.
****I’m going to be completely honest with you… That’s not the head August had in this picture originally.. his original head wasn’t very happy at all, and I liked how everyone else looked. Sometimes the perfect image is made, not taken. Look at that evening light behind us… we are all so angelic looking! I think I’ll print this one, and forget what I just told you about Auggie’s head. Perfectly imperfect, but pretty darn close with some Photoshoppin’.
All the heart eyes for these kids, and my family. Miracles do happen.. sometimes with a little help from Photoshop and a beautiful evening. It was worth it. Right Honey? Bryson? Hello… do you read this blog? If you are reading this say, or text the words “fried chicken” and maybe I’ll make some! If you don’t read this, I’m sorry, but I’m not making fried chicken…(until your birthday).