Confession time: sometimes photo shoots don’t go smoothly. We’ve done all the essential prep work. The location is perfect, the weather is divine, we’ve planned out all the outfits, we’ve talked about our artistic vision for the session, and met ahead of time to get to know each other. Everything is in place for a perfect session. But there’s one thing we can’t plan for: childhood. Yep, go figure, sometimes children are just having a rough time. Maybe they had a late nap or no nap, or maybe they’re not sure what’s going, or maybe they’re just being three. You know how that goes.
Enter this session. I love this family. We’ve connected since day one, and I had the honor of photographing their youngest daughter, Miss M’s, first year baby plan three years ago along with her two older siblings. The images we got from that year are to this day some of my all time favorites. So no pressure, right? This session had to be knocked out of the park too.
Well little Miss M had different plans. She had just woken up and was no way no how going to cooperate with a photo shoot. I tried all my normal tricks and she pulled a three year old champion melt down. Mom and dad, bless their hearts, were ready to give up and call in a rain check for another day. But you know what, kids are like horses. They can feel when you’re stressed. I knew given enough time, and enough patience she would be alright. Her mama and dad worked their magic too (Superhero bathroom jokes for the win! He did his Duty!!!), and the magic of dandelion fluff and fancy lollipops can turn the tide of any childhood bad day. Besides, I’ll be honest, some of my favorite pictures are when there’s not a smile in sight.
As she was wiping away tears after seeing her images for the first time their mama said she thought her ordering session would be easy because there wouldn’t be many to pick from. I loved hearing that, because I knew they weren’t expecting all the magical images we captured. These are just a few of our favorites. This is childhood, with all it’s ups and downs. It’s beautiful, and unforgettable, and above all unpredictable, and I wouldn’t change a thing.