Nope, not the holidays or cold weather, I’m talking about the holiday card session… Ok, so this holds true for almost any session, but seeing I just did the pictures of my kids for our Christmas card yesterday afternoon holiday card sessions are at the top of my mind. You know how it goes, the stress of coordinating outfits, making sure each hair is as much in place as possible, stressing about every little thing. I know what it’s like when you walk through the door for your session, I’ve been there. I get a little shorter with my kids when they’re running around in their perfectly clean and wrinkle free clothing. The thing is I know better, I see it all the time, stressed parents equals stressed kids and forced faces, why do we do this to ourselves and why must it be stressful? I always tell my clients to not stress about things, we’re here to have fun and enjoy the time together, relax and let things unfold naturally, I promise I’ll get the shots that look the most like you, not this posed, smiling at the camera family that seems unnatural and stiff. And yet when I take the yearly holiday card photos I end up being that mom, the one that makes her kids sit and look all pretty. I think when they were younger it was harder on me because they wouldn’t look all pretty for the camera, and yet those are the images I cherish most, so why now do I ask them to look all pretty for the camera? Maybe it’s because they’re at that age where I’m not really sure how to get them to interact with each other naturally, they’re aware of the camera and at any given time at least one of them is trying to pose, or they’re busy poking and annoying one another. Sooo… here’s what I’ve learned from my own session with my children. I can tell you not to stress, but there’s a chance you will anyway. Know that while everyone looking at the camera all pretty and sweet is what most people think they should have, seeing a family interacting and enjoying one another is much more pleasing and natural, unless of course you tend to sit around all posed, pretty and smiling on a regular basis 🙂 Take a deep breath when we start the session and know that I’m going to work hard to capture amazing portraits of your family, the family life you live, on a daily basis. Know that I’ve been there, I know what it feels like to shop like a mad woman so everyone has coordinating outfits and pretty hair. It’s ok to let your expectations go and just enjoy the moment.
While we’re talking holiday card sessions, just a reminder it is NOT to early to order your cards. All card orders must be placed by December 1st or I make no guarantee they’ll be here in time (New Years cards anyone?). Both of my children have birthdays the week before Christmas, it’s insane enough around here without having to worry I misspelled a name on a holiday card.
Just to prove my point, two adorable children, not perfect, not looking at the camera, but they’re having fun and enjoying the moment, pretty perfect to me.