I have to admit, the stress got to me leading up to my family's recent photo shoot with Solar Photographers. I freaked out about many of the same concerns my clients have. Learn from me:
Just as I recommend to my clients, I had done my usual cleaning and tidying up a day or so prior to Josh and Jenny’s arrival – nothing extensive – just a quick dusting and vacuuming. We were good to go, until the last hour or so before our shoot. I started worrying about how our house would photograph and started to do more cleaning.
What to Wear
I put on my yoga pants, my husband wore shorts, our daughter chose to wear her latest favorite skirt (actually a dress I made for her second birthday that’s now too small to wear as a dress), and our son didn’t get out of his pajamas. Was my outfit not flattering enough? Should I have picked out something else for the kids? Maybe I should have put more thought into what we wore.
What to Do During the Shoot
We took a few posed shots in front of our house, made a favorite breakfast together, and hung out in our living room. Rather than making beignets, should we have made another breakfast? Should we have gone for a hike instead? Will these pictures not be special enough? Did we waste our session?
It’s ingrained in me. My preference is always for my children to cooperate with what we’re doing, especially for something as time-sensitive as a family photo shoot.
Before you look at my photos, take a minute and think about the concerns you have about an in-home photo session. Below my photos, I'll invite you to tell me.
In the end, all of my second-guessing and worrying was literally for nothing. Isn’t that usually how it goes?
Not too long ago, we moved into our current house after extensive renovations. I wanted photographs of our family during this stage of our lives, in our new home with our new life. I wanted to see us through the lens of Josh's camera and have those photographs to look back on many years from now.
How we love. How we have fun together. How our life with our boy Bailey has changed so much over the last 15 years. How our house has been renovated and we still have some DIY projects yet to be done.
As I was scurrying to do one last clean up, with all my second guesses running through my head, I felt the stress altering my mood. And I remembered what I tell my clients all the time: Real life is beautiful.
I remembered that I wanted photographs of our beautiful real life moments. Not perfect. Not a staged photo shoot. So, I took a deep breath, put the kitchen sponge down, and decided to just have fun with my family during our session. (And if everyone can be themselves and have fun during a photo shoot, then you don’t have to worry about kids not cooperating!)
We ended up with photographs that show us on any given day, in our new home, and I know our family will cherish them forever.