Sometimes, I feel like my kids are the ones who tell me what to do. They each have their own personalities and demands. Sometimes, I can’t help but to follow their lead and allow them to run the day. Now, this is not to say that I’m a pushover because I am so not! But there are days where I have to just give in or pick my battles. Whether it’s Juliana wanting to dress up and actually where her princess outfit to the grocery store (I even saw a little girl at church dressed as Belle!) or the boys spending the entire day outside in the sun and heat and smelling like…well, what little boys smell like after they’ve been running around for 5 hours in the Texas sun (I’ll never forget a friend telling me to just wait until their no longer toddlers anymore and they smell like wet dogs–gasp!). Yeah, as a mom of 3 I have to pick the battles. Because the alternative would be that I would be high strung and that crazy mom who doesn’t let her children play-touch-run-ride-talk.
When talking to clients prior to their sessions, I often say that we’ll just go with the flow. A big part of capturing personalities is to allow the kids to be who they are and a huge part in photographing babies is that, like since the day they were born, they set the tone of the day. So when I show up and start talking to the kids and getting playful with them, please don’t be offended if I ignore you and please please don’t be anxious or apologize for your kids! I want them to be exactly who they are and feel it’s my job to help bring the fun 🙂
The images from the session below are pretty much a summary of what I explained above. We had fun (well I did! I hope they did too!) and explored and went crazy (go crazy! go crazy!). Most importantly, they were the ones who led the way and set the tone of the session. Is it challenging? Yes, most definitely. But it’s also rewarding to see your family’s realness captured for you to enjoy.