Family photo day.
Don’t let the cute photos that I typically post of my children fool you- this is how most of our portrait time goes. Notice how their cousins are posing so nicely for me.
Well. It’s not a real attempt at doing our own family photos without yelling at one kid for grabbing himself repeatedly, threatening to take away everyone’s xbox time for hitting each other, and complete and total exasperation for everyone involved. There was grumpiness, and there was a lot of yelling out, “Can you just give me a normal smile for 30 seconds so we can go home?”
Hmmm…. this sounds familiar. Oh, yes- this is the exact sentence I hear out of my client’s mouths. The sentence that I am always encouraging them to not worry about, because I know how to coax normal smiles out of the kids, and even if it looks like the silliness is out of control, I’ve got a handle on the situation and the kids don’t even realize that they are doing exactly what I want them to. All Mom needs to worry about is relaxing and enjoying her children. Play. Laugh. Make memories. Let me handle the rest.
Except I can’t seem to do it with my own kids. When I photograph my own kids, I forget all my tricks and slide easily back into the frazzled Mom role. So Mamas, please trust that I know exactly how you feel. I know you are afraid of getting photos like these instead of the happy, laughing, pretty pictures you were hoping for. And while I may deliver a few like this so you have something to look back on and laugh, you will also get the ones you really want. I promise.
I have infinite patience for every child but my own, it seems. (on the upside, we all made up fairly quickly once we got home and talked it out together)
Here’s the rest of the week- full stories are on instagram.