As a Raleigh, Durham, Cary, NC family photographer, I work with a lot of various families, ranging from many different ages, emotions, and resistances.
I have been asked countless times prior to a session, "How will we get my toddlers to cooperate?" "What if my husband will not smile?" "Do newborns give you a hard time?"
As a lifestyle photographer, my job is to go with the flow, and capture a timeless portrait. Sure, we all want that cover of Better Homes and Gardens magazine snap...but realistically, you have a screaming toddler in dad's arms, a baby who has just thrown up in mom's arms, and those outfits you just spent the last week torturing yourself trying to pick out (and going to endless upon endless stores trying to find), are wrinkled, stained, and no longer the shade of blue you had originally arrived in to the session wearing.
However, these are the memories worth preserving. These are the real moments. The moments where your toddler didn't care that there was a camera, they just wanted mama to hold them, comfort them, and give them ALL the kisses. The moments where mom and dad look at each other while their beautiful children are relentlessly crying, and can do nothing but laugh. Those are the real, raw, moments that you will be able to look back on one day, and treasure.
Our babies do not stay little for long. After awhile, the tantrums stop. They quit asking for EVERYTHING, and eventually, they no longer even "need us". I enjoy the raw, real sessions most...because they remind me how short our time is. How quickly everything has changed, and how this is a last opportunity to see the little ones, this little, just like this.
Do not stress about the bloopers. This little beauty right here, is framed in an 11x14 black and white portrait centered in our living room, for anyone who walks in to see. This is my family. This is real life. Enjoy yours.
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