"And if these pictures have anything important to say to future generations, it's this: I was here. I existed. I was young, I was happy, and someone cared enough about me in this world to take my picture." Robin Williams as Seymour Parrish in "One Hour Photo"
A relationship built in the beginning is not only beneficial for my clients, but also for me to properly capture you. Something I often find myself preaching to my clients is that we're there hanging out at our session together, and I mean it! Sometimes this is done while we are giving the kiddos a break, singing Baby Shark, or even just being the coolest third wheel with you and your hunny, and I wouldn't want it any other way.
One of my greatest pleasures throughout my sessions is to see how the father, husband, or boyfriend really just relaxes. I joke that I thrive with awkward, and I promise I mean this. My husband is a tough one to photograph, before nothing really felt natural. But as my flow matured during my start with photography, I found myself posing you all a little less, and really just asking you to interact with one another and make each other laugh. I'm all for candids and emotions you can feel when you look back on these memories.
I love capturing the little ones too! Their demand to have things go their way is something I completely respect and have immense patience for. On a normal day they get asked to do a lot of things that they don't want to do, so the last thing I want is for them to be something they are not while I'm spending time with them.
Now, I can appreciate the ones who respond well to a good bribe, but I also love taking those extra moments of them exploring and capturing who they are as they dig in the dirt or pick up rocks. Plus, the time they spend exploring is a perfect opportunity for me to ask mom and dad to take a few moments for themselves. The ever so rare parent photo if you will!