I am so happy to share these photos with you. Along with this post comes an announcement: when it comes to family photography, I will only be doing lifestyle shoots. Trust me, this is a great thing.
So, what does that mean? Let’s start from the beginning. I have to be honest, family shoots have been my absolute least favorite shoots to do. There aren’t too many poses that don’t end up looking cheesy and fake. Kids can only stare at a camera for so long because, well, kids are kids! They are easily distracted by the big world around them. Dogs and ducks and other families walk by and they are so curious to see what’s going on. And guys, that’s totally normal! I think it’s the beauty of children – they see the world through different eyes. But at a photo shoot, their curiosity leads to frustrated and stressed parents who think their kids are so badly behaved… it’s not fun for anyone.
No photographer wants to walk away from a shoot with their family apologizing for how their children behaved, especially when they really weren’t being bad. Even if we get really great shots, the memories of the stressful shoot are stuck with them. I want everyone to leave happy.
My job is to create a story, and that’s what a lifestyle shoot does. Instead of telling you how to pose and to look at the camera, we’ll just hang out. We can plan some activities to keep the kids entertained. Natural emotion will shine through. You’ll remember the day with fondness, instead of how many times you had to tell your kids to look at the camera. These photos will be a real representation of your life. You’ll see how your child looked at you with big loving eyes, how excited they were to be with you and learn from you, and where their natural creative and curious nature takes them. At the end, when everyone is happy, we’ll snap some shots for your picture frames. But I’d be surprised if they are your favorites from the shoot.
I’m so excited to offer lifestyle family photography. If you have any questions, or are unsure of what to do for this type of session, shoot me an email and we’ll talk. I promise, it’s much easier than you may think.
On to the McLenna family. You guys, this might be the cutest family in Boise. Artists for parents, creative geniuses for kids… perfect combination. We started the morning with toilet paper roll butterflies, moved on to making scones and “tea.” I just loved watching this family interact with each other. There is so much love and patience in this home. They work together to create a functional and inspiring place for all of them to grow in. It was such a joy to watch and learn from this family. Thank you Jules, Ben, Alasdair, and Desmond, for so willingly welcoming me into your home and letting me a part of your Sunday morning.