What is your biggest fear regarding a portrait session? How about a session with your kids?
Not getting flattering images? (Right… like I’d let THAT happen!) Hair not cooperating? (That’s usually mine…) Stressing about what to wear? (You’ll look great. Just don’t put everyone in the same dang thing.)
Surprisingly – or maybe not – the biggest fear/worry/stressor I hear is that parent’s are afraid their kiddos won’t “perform”. That they won’t be on their best behavior, give perfect smiles, or in the end, get ANY shots where their babies look like themselves. Usually, this fear stems from taking their own children’s pictures… and it is the rare child who cooperates when Mom puts a camera to her face and says “Say CHEESE!” a word that should be banned from the smile-making-repitoire!). Often, a mom friend or blog reader will comment about how “perfect” Petite always is for the camera – a huge false statement!
I was desperate to take perfect portraits for Petite’s 18 month anniversary and had a perfect image of what I wanted to capture. (Insert laughter here…) And like any mom, I stressed out about her cooperation level and did everything I could to get that ONE perfect shot. I thought you might like to see some “behind the scenes” from our session… brace yourself:
Literally the first shot out of the camera.
BRING THE BUNNY BACK!
My life is so hard. No more pictures. I need a moment.
Washit tape is the best.thing.ever.
La-la-la I’m ignoring you!
FASTER! Bring the washi tape FASTER!!!
Are you going to let me get away with this?
I’m marking my spot, mom!
…and my TOE is on the spot, mom.
Having a little dance break…
Look familiar? Soemtimes it’s hard to remember that just because this is how your session FEELS does not mean it’s how your session will LOOK! (Silly disclaimer – I’m not advocating letting your kiddos run amuck during your session. Duh.)
One of my favorite things about culling a session is the outtakes… so much personality and a glimpse of their real little selves. I’ll show you my favorite ‘keepers’ soon – and prove that in between all the crazy antics there are moments of pure sweetness.