This family session gave me that feeling I needed to feel to start off the new year.
The end of 2019 was non stop! I was booking 30 sessions a month and for any photographer who knows, this is insane and super draining, especially when I am still a full-time stay at home mom. I made it through and did it, after some breakdowns and shingles (yes the stress made shingles flare-up) but I learned so much from this. I was so blessed to get non stop practice with all different types of sessions, add so many beautiful galleries to my portfolio, meet new families, and learn how to prioritize and set boundaries. This was an experience I needed for my business.
After non-stop work from September-December, I was happy to gain that energy and creativity back with all my sessions for 2020. This one gave me the answer as to why I do what I do in the way that I do it (I know that is a lot but bear with me). I capture lifestyle family sessions because I believe in family and love the joy in the chaos that makes every family beautiful. We all know life isn’t easy when we have little ones but oh does it keeps us on our toes and we wouldn’t have it any other way. Now, I don’t capture mini sessions year round, and this sessions proved why.
Mom was looking for a photographer to capture her family and her boys and decided to do my one hour session to make this happen, I promised her we will have a blast. She has booked tons of minis in the past but it just wasn’t successful with her boys. I believe that it takes an hour to capture your family because it takes time to warm up to what we are doing and me. I knew my strategy was to put my camera away when I greeted these boys and do all that I can to create a connection and in just seconds I was able to make them laugh and have them hold my hand to head to a “bear hunt adventure” (that’s what I called the session).
Mom was just amazed at her boys reaction and how well they did during this session. She had never seen this before and I honestly needed that. I needed this example to solidify that I am doing what works best for families, especially with littles that aren’t the biggest fans of photographers or sessions. I can’t wait to capture them again and make their photo session less forced but a fun family activity they always look back on.