If there is one thing that I’ve learned from being a professional photographer and a momma, its that there is no such thing as a perfect picture. Sure, there are those moments when the stars align and the heavens open up and grace you with that one magical shot, but if I’m being completely realistic (which I always try to be), how often does that happen? I have a 3 year old and a 1 year old; those miracle moments happen pretty close to never.
I have learned to embrace the flaws and imperfections in my photos. How realistic is it to have every picture with two smiling, happy kidlets lovingly hugging each other looking directly at my camera? It’s not and really, my kids aren’t like that either. They are sassy and ooze craziness. Instead of striving to make every.single.shot perfect, I try to capture life. Life is what it is: not always happy, bright, and shining. Sometimes more headlock than hug. And sometimes more tears of pain than tears of joy and that’s okay.
I also don’t always like to go with what’s expected and what you’re supposed to do when it comes to photography. Are you supposed to shoot directly looking into the sun? Nope, but I like the way these turned out. It accurately portrays what the mood and feel was this day: Full of life, shiny, and happy. I have no intention of sending these off to a client or to be published; they are for my own personal files. Should you always have your subject looking directly at the camera? Every now and then that would be nice, but my kids and many other kids for that matter, don’t always look directly at me. Its those times when they aren’t looking at me or my camera where I can see their little personalities shine through.
Your pictures are your memories; they belong to no one else. When you look back 20 years from now, are you going to want to look back at the smiling, happy posed pictures? Sure you will; I wouldn’t want to convince you differently. But, its also important to take pictures that go against the grain and really capture the personality or the emotion of the moment. Those are the memories that will truly be precious.