As a DMV family photographer, I’ve heard many reasons why it’s not a good time to book a session; however, most people have the same hesitations. Let’s address the top 6 reasons, along with why these concerns shouldn’t prevent you from creating memories and artwork that you’ll treasure forever.
For Moms, it’s almost second nature to be self-critical. We nitpick at our hair, our nails, our figure…The truth is that we’re hardest on ourselves, and others can easily see the beauty in us even when we have a hard time seeing it ourselves. Unfortunately, this often means that we put off taking images until we’ve lost those “last pounds” or until our teeth are perfectly white, or until, until, until…
The problem with waiting until everything is “perfect” is that, well, you might be waiting for a while to finally get those pictures taken. There’s always an excuse not to get in the photo if you have that mindset. I might be a little biased, but indefinitely postponing portraits means you’re missing out on meaningful photographs that you and your family will ultimately treasure as the years go by. Your children see you as absolutely beautiful. They don’t care what you look like, they just want you in the picture with them.
My house isn’t big enough, clean enough, bright enough, etc… I am not photographing your house. I am photographing your family and the love, joy, and connection you share with them! Plus, having your session at home gives you the added bonus of “home turf advantage”. Your home is most likely the one place you and your family are most comfortable, it’s filled with all the things you love, your pets are easily included in your session, it’s where your memories are made, and holds a special place in your heart. It would be pretty difficult to find a location besides your home, that provides such a strong emotional connection.
As a busy Mom myself, I get it. It can feel like there are never enough hours in the day. With a to-do list miles long, school, dinner, housekeeping, meetings, and extracurricular activities, you feel like there’s not a moment to breathe- let alone plan a photography session. But, while you are busy being busy, your family dynamics and children are growing and changing. Here’s the amazing thing about my in-home sessions- I come to you and photograph you hanging out with the ones you love the most. An in-home session is a perfect opportunity for you to stop, breathe, and enjoy the people you work so hard for. My sessions are made for you. For the few hours it takes for your session, the memories will last a lifetime and beyond.
So many people come to me before they book a session and say something to the effect of, “I don’t know how to pose! I’m always so awkward! I hate every photo of myself!” Trust me when I say that you won’t have to think about how to pose, what to do with your hands, or how to tilt your head the entire time that you’re at your session. You’ll be too busy laughing with your family, dancing with your partner, and enjoying cuddles on the sofa.
More traditional photo sessions can be a little stressful. You’ve got to choose/purchase coordinating outfits for everyone (and convince the kids to actually wear them), leave the house in a timely manner so you’re not late to the session, manage inevitable meltdowns (kids and some spouses, lol) and make sure the kids don’t dirty their clothes before we get the “Grandma shot”. You know – the image where everyone is happily looking directly at the camera. To be fair, all traditional sessions certainly don’t end up this way. Let’s just say there is a higher risk for stressful events to occur. 🙃
In-home sessions can avoid most of these stressful scenarios, and I do my absolute best to make your experience with me as carefree as possible. By coming to you, taking photographs in the comfort of your own home, and keeping your wardrobe casual, we eliminate 99% of the battle. And for the little incidents that may occur, no worries! I’ve got you covered!
Mom to Mom – that may be absolutely true! 🤪 Thankfully, I can honestly say that I have met very few truly “out of control” children. However, I have encountered many children with a ton of energy. My daughter is one of them. What is it about those second kids? (A topic for another day) I want to capture photos of your children that reflect their unique personalities, and I’m most likely going to see different sides of your children and THAT IS OK! Children act upon pure emotion. One moment, they can be happy and laughing, the next moment they could be crying – it’s all a part of their amazing personality. I encourage you to relax a bit and join in on the fun with your child, they will ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT! And I guarantee you’ll be very happy to have these images together. It’s going to be wonderful looking through these photographs as they get older.
I touched on this already, but it’s such a huge point that I feel like it deserves to be repeated. Years from now, (and probably as soon as you see your photographs) you’ll be so glad that you took these images. You’ll look back on the day and think about how much fun you had and get nostalgic about what that period in your life was like. Your family and friends will treasure those images, too. If you still feel like you don’t want your picture taken, do it for your future self and those you love.