Eight years ago, I wasn't a photographer. I was just a new mom looking for a photographer. Of course, I didn't know then what I know now; all i knew was that I wanted my photos to be amazing. And they were! The problem is that they weren't really us.
Every family has its own unique rhythm, and mine is certainly no different.
Let's face it: kids are weird. Parents are weird. Pets are definitely weird. Even when my daughter was a baby, it was hard to find a photographer who not only would let us be us but who appreciated our weirdness and could capture it in a beautiful way.
Some families gaze adoringly at one another and flash 1,000-watt smiles on command. My family is not one of those families. We are sarcastic and silly and rarely behave. And that's just the grownups. Add in the endearing quirks of a 7 and 2 year old, and you have a fine mess.
Thus, about 4 years ago, I decided to become the type of photographer that I was having such a hard time finding for myself. I wanted someone to capture us making pancakes on Saturday morning, going on adventures, and just being silly. I wanted my daughter to be able to wear whatever crazy thing she felt like wearing and my son to dance his heart out. And after the session, I wanted to look back and say, "wow, that was fun!" instead of "that was so stressful, you couldn't pay me to do it again."
While I still haven't found that holy grail photographer for my own family, this I promise you: your portrait session will be so fun and relaxed, you'll forget you're having your photos taken.