Every client I meet for a photo session makes the same assumption about my life as a photographer: that I have “amazing photos” of my family!
Um, yeah, no.
I can’t really take amazing photos of myself (seriously have you tried to actually get a great photo of your entire family using the stupid timer?!), can I?
So, self-family portraits are out and, technically, we’ve not had a professional photo done of our family since, well, never.
The last time we got in front of a lens together in a planned way (meaning, not scowling at my mom, sans makeup, on Christmas morning) was when we went to the Picture People when #2 was about 5 months old.
#3, clearly, is not in that photo.
Or any family photo since.
Which, were I a person still capable of feeling shame, would be as shameful as it is ridiculous.
But, that’s not even the most ridiculous part of it.
People actually think that, because I’m a photographer, I also have really great photos of my Dudes together.
The main thing I have going for me when taking photos of other people’s kids is fear factor.
My being a loud talking stranger with a humungosaur camera pointed at them coupled with whatever mostly-empty-but-still-semi-effective threats the parents have laid down before my arrival works in my favor to set up a situation wherein the children, crippled by fear, seek to earn my approval and avoid my wrath by following my directions.
Depending on the heat index and how close the session is to either lunch or nap time, it usually burns off within 30 minutes.
My kid’s desire to please me burned off years ago.
And, without (and sometimes even with) proper bribing, there is little cooperation to be enjoyed when I pull out my camera to make holiday magic.
Fortunately I don’t really give a care.
To me, a brilliant image is one that captures the human in the moment. Filled with emotion, and reacting to whatever is happening just as the shutter snaps.
I love capturing my family as they are now. Even if it isn’t perfectly posed or even dressed in clothing…
Perfectness can be found even if clothing and smiles and the ability to friggin’ sit still without fighting, crying, or being annoying for more than a second can not.
When the love between the subjects is evident…
When the image instantly reminds you exactly what was said or felt…
So to me, my pictures of my boys are perfect.
Perfectly chaotic, perfectly loud, perfectly obnoxious, perfectly beautiful. Just like they are.
I sometimes fall into the I-just-want-one-photo-where-no-one-is-screaming-or-being-pile-driven-into-the-ground-while-also-looking-into-the-camera-or-so-help-me moments.
Then I yell.
And usually end up with this…
Eh. Not my best work, but it’ll do for holiday card fodder.
I want them to depict what life is truly like at The Casa.
I want people see how I’m livin’ so they’re inclined to send gifts of cash or edible sweet things to get a true picture of life with The Dudes.
So, while we may end up with one half-way-decent-at-least-no-one-is-cockeyed-even-if-one-is-scowling-and-the-dog-is-being-asphyxiated shot; it takes all that other nutty to get to it…
So, don’t feel bad if your holiday cards aren’t the bomb.
It happens to the best of us.
Do you take your own holiday photos?!
This month’s Wordful Wednesday theme is encouraging you to do exactly that!
Post your Holiday Happiness (can be your family photos or any other holiday related item that helps you get your happy on) and then come share it with us on December 16th.
Why so early this month?!
Because this month’s sponsor, Magic Cabin*, wants to make sure that one of our lucky readers will be able to receive some holiday happiness from them in time for Christmas (or Hanukkah or Kwanza or Thursday, whatever floats your holiday boat)!
They have everything from award winning arts and crafts supplies to pretend play and dress-up accessories imaginative boys and girls are sure to love. So many of this year’s hottest and coolest holiday gifts can be found at Magic Cabin.
One lucky person who 1) posts about their holiday happiness, 2) links back to us for Wordful Wednesday (can be me and/or Angie), AND 3) includes their post in the Holiday Happiness linky on 12/14 will be selected to win a $50 gift card from the Magic Cabin, makers of holiday magic!
Now, if that doesn’t put you in the happy holiday spirit, I don’t know what will!
Have something to be Wordful about this week? Link up and then head over to Seven Clown Circus and check out Angie’s Wordfulness too!
*pBd Admits it’s Free: Magic Cabin provided me with an awesomely magical gift to as part of this promotion. I like it because it’s awesome, not because they told me to say so.
**Official contest rules: one link will be selected on 12/16/11 at 7pm Eastern time. Winner must live in the US and have followed ALL of the aforementioned rules to be eligible to win. Winner will be contacted by email and must respond within 48 hours in order to receive the gift.