I started my career focused on weddings and though I did the occasional family session before having my own kids, I didn’t really connect with families in the way that I do now. After having my own babies, I became OBSESSED with capturing my kids and all their gloriously messy, adorable, tender moments. Now I feel so much more connected to parents and love capturing everything babies and kids come with, including the joy, tantrums, hugs, running off, whining…not wanting their picture taken, wanting to touch the camera, etc. I can fully empathize with everything occurring during a family session, particularly with small kids. Given my own experiences, it’s easier for me to know how to interact with parents and little ones during a shoot in order to move things along. So in a nutshell, I enjoy working with others in a similar stage of life!
Additionally, most days, I feel like I’m winging it as a mom and have embraced (or try to) all my imperfect moments as a parent. I want to make every family I work with feel NORMAL and seen throughout the process and view resistance, snot, flailing arms, and unwelcome distractions to be a part of the process. Many families come into a session thinking they need to get their kids to be as cooperative as possible and to make sure everyone looks their best. The last thing I want parents to feel is stressed or worried about presenting well. I encourage parents to allow their kids to wear the mismatched shoes they love so much or explore their natural surroundings and to focus on being present with their kids in whatever mindset they are in at the time. Moments of truth or imperfection are just as important as the shots families tend to put up on their walls. In fact, one reason I love to deliver all those “in between” moments is because I believe these real moments are the usually ones that parents will easily be able to pinpoint what they and their kids were feeling!