“But you’re a photographer…why don’t you just take them yourself??”
I know, right?
The reasons I hire someone to do our photos each year is threefold:
- When I try to take my own son’s photos, I definitely turn into that nagging mom that we all turn into when we want our kids to just behave and look at the camera already!! It’s not a pretty sight and usually ends in yelling and cash bribes to just take “one more picture.”
- It’s a great experience for me to be on the other side of the camera to know what my clients are going through. Does my hair look okay? What do I do with my hands? Do I have a double-chin? Does my smile look weird? I have the same insecurities as you do (probably more), and it’s a great reminder for me to go through the torture that is annual family photos.
- If I waited to do my family’s Christmas Card photos until I could fit us into my schedule, we would send our Christmas cards in January.
And if you’ve ever had the pleasure of running back and forth to a tripod to set the self-timer because you are too cheap to buy the dang remote for the camera, you know how stressful that is.
Therefore, we hire a photographer too.
So, I thought it would be fun to share my observations from today’s family photo experience:
- It was totally worth the $28-plus-tip and 45 minutes of flat iron time to have someone else straighten my ridiculously thick hair. I am completely inept at hair-doing stuff, which is why I’m sporting a ponytail 99% of the time. Side note: it is my goal for 2016 to figure out how to really do the flat iron thing so that I’ve got super cute hair at weddings. Everything else is ponytail fair game…
- Speaking of weddings, a bride of mine who is always gorgeously styled tipped me off to the fact that YouTube has all kinds of makeup tutorials. Game changer, you guys. I might have to up my normal moisturizer-mascara-blush-lipstick game.
- If you have any kind of belly pooch (represent, mommas!), there is no shame in wearing skin-tight-suck-it-in-girdle-shorts to give you a little more support. NO SHAME.
- In that same vein, I’m totally willing to admit that I used a little gaffer tape to secure that annoying buttonhole thingy on my jeans that curls and pops out just enough to make it look like I have an “outie” bellybutton through my otherwise smooth sweater. Ladies, I always have gaffer tape with me at a photo session…just ask if this annoys you too!
- Even after all of these preparations, I was still a complete spaz during the actual session. Random thoughts included: Is my hair weird? Am I sucking in enough? Too much lip gloss? Pretty feet! Tilt the head! Stick out that chin! Ugh, it was exhausting.
- I definitely still did some momma nagging when my kid got goofy, which I’m sure completely did not help one bit. And our photographer had it totally under control and probably wished I’d just shut up. But it’s habit.
- You know that great “what to wear” guide I send everyone before the session? And all of the great Pinterest resources out there? Yeah, I basically ignored a lot of it and chose three blue sweaters and jeans. Because that’s more “us” than the cute vests that no one in our family finds practical, colorful scarves that choke me, amazing riding boots that make my feet sweat, and layered looks for men that make my husband hot and cranky. We were the “blue sweater family” and it was perfectly fine and perfectly “us.”
- Okay, not perfectly us…my husband and kid would have rather been in t-shirts. But we all have to make sacrifices, people. Sweaters for them…3 hours of getting ready time for me. I think it’s a fair trade-off.
- The number of times I had to declare “no white socks” to my two boys today was mind-boggling.
- Seriously…do not let your boys wear white socks with jeans for photos. If I know only one thing about fashion, it’s this.
- 30 minutes was both a very short time and a very long time to be photographed.
- It was also a very long time to go without my phone (leave it in the car, yo!).
This all said, our photographer was amazing and hilarious and made me feel completely comfortable, and I completely trust her gorgeous vision.
Want to see a sneak peek? Because she just posted one.
(Way to make me look bad at sneak peeking my own photos for my clients, Julia! Ha!)
She is amazing and now I cannot wait to see the photos, and will definitely have to control the urge to email her for an update every 2 days.
But today was a good reminder that even when everything goes super duper right, it’s still a stressful experience for us ladies.
The struggle is oh, so real.