You may remember this family. They are kind of hard to forget. Sure, the ‘stache and spiky hair help you pick them out of a crowd, but I’m talking about something less tangible. If you were to spend any amount of time with them, the following would be no less apparent to the naked eye. These guys:
a) have a great time together
b) are as authentic as they come
c) are parents whose children will never doubt they love them
d) make FANTASTIC kids. Had to say it.
Sometimes while editing a session I think I build up a tolerance for beautiful images. I know it sounds weird–hear me out. When you’ve turned out TONS of great shots because the chemistry was all there in the making, you sort of don’t appreciate the full value of the individual gems. I burned the disc and sent the family happily on their way. Fast forward a few months, and I’m getting ready to post some images to the blog, and I’m kind of blown away. I had forgotten how GOOD these pictures are. I’m not intending to toot my own horn here (okay maybe a smidge), but I have to say it. When I see these images, I see this family genuinely. I GET them. That’s when I know I’ve done my job well–when I can see in pictures what their love feels like. Yes, I can work the f-stops and shutter speeds, but it’s pretty tough to capture something that isn’t there in the first place. Especially with kids–they don’t fake happy. What I’m trying to say is, when you come to a photography session, bring the love. Then I’ll make sure you see what it looks like.