We all have that one family member who is uncomfortable being photographed. They are the ones who mysteriously disappear whenever the camera comes out at family events. Maybe that person is you! My mom is that person in my family–a search of my photo archives on my phone resulted in zero photos of my mom and a few of my dad. The last formal portrait made of my mom was on her wedding day (almost 64 years ago!) The few snapshots I have were taken surreptitiously so she wouldn’t realize that we were taking photos of her–we’re like paparazzi in the bushes! What remains are only a handful of images of us as a family and, honestly, it makes me sad. Both she and my dad are in their 80s. They won’t be here forever. I know, I know–I have the memories but I wish there were more portraits and photos to go along with those memories.
If I’m being completely honest, there were many times when I was that one mysteriously disappearing family member too! I am much more comfortable behind the camera and this has always been the case. I always felt awkward, the person who didn’t know how to pose, didn’t know what to do with my hands, didn’t like the way I looked in photos. And then one day, I realized that I had so many photos of my daughter but hardly any with us together and again, that made me sad. So I made a point of making sure I included myself in our photos (although I am always happy if I can have access to the digital files so I can retouch–old habits die hard!)
As your photographer, I get it and I’m here to help–I want your session to be a fun, relaxing experience for everyone–I want to see your genuine smiles, emotions and relationships with each other! That’s why I take my time to get to know you during our pre-session consultation as well as during the actual session. Don’t fear the camera--let me help you borrow your moments in time. Schedule your complimentary consultation today!