I took a break from photographing families for a while. I felt this pressure to compete with the images that cheap studios put out because people always seemed to want a photo of their kid smiling perfectly with their hands folded on their lap. I knew it wasn't for me. Trying to get that "perfect moment" with six kids screaming and jumping in the dirt just wasn't happening and more importantly, I didn't feel like it expressed my artistic sense.
Fast forward to this Summer. I've been blessed with the chance to go all in to the business while staying home with my boys. I usually leave my big camera at home because it just feels clunky when I'm frantically trying to grab Sam before he launches into the sea, but on my last outing with the boys, I brought it along and something clicked.
I enjoy photographing families in their natural environment. No posing. No direction. Just follow and shoot. Just get the life in motion. No need to inhibit the natural energy and joy of children. I've done this a few times in the past and the results are perfect...you get to see a family in the flurry of life and the beauty of the mess. It's perfect, really.
So that's my way of saying the books are open for family shoots, if you're interested. I'm not going to pose your kids. We'll find a park or swimmin' hole. We can climb on some rock walls or play in a classic car...whatever you want. Let's go have fun and show the world your real family portrait.