I know, I hear it all of the time. Things like, “Our life is so chaotic. I don’t know to deal with kids in family photos.” I’ve had parents cancel at the last minute. I’ve had people panic over tired kids, over tears. Believe me when I say I’ve seen it all. Now, trust me when I say we can still capture something beautiful, even if your kids are having a meltdown. I say all of that in order to share this gorgeous session with the Farley family.
Before you start to say things like, “Well, what a beautiful family, of course their photos are perfect,” I want to start by saying the Farleys are old friends of mine and I might have some bias. However, because they’re old friends, I can also be honest with you. We had a near-disaster on our hands when they first showed up to shoot these photos.
Moments before this sweetheart of a photo was taken, Rye was puking all over the place. I mean it, my friends. He was literally puking everywhere. It wasn’t sickness as much as it was just stress and nerves. And while many parents would give up on the session, Emily, Craig, and I rolled with it. I have so many tricks up my sleeve, I swear to you, we’ll capture something incredible despite the chaos.
I am seriously so obsessed with how sweet these photos of Rye turned out. You’d never know he was hesitant (well, maybe if you’re looking at the next photo…), but Craig and Emily will be able to tell a million stories from this shoot to anyone who tells them how beautiful these photos are.
While Adalyn wasn’t throwing up, she was having a moment of her own. She posed so sweetly with her brother and even threw me some of the cutest smiles while she was by herself, but taking photos with mom and dad became an ordeal of its own.
Adalyn is normally attached to her mommy’s hip. That was not the case when our session started. Suddenly, the only thing that would make her happy was Craig. Of course, we worked around it with no problems. But it could have been an unsettling situation for Emily.
Eventually, we gave Adalyn her space. But then she didn’t want it. Before long, she was working her way back into family photos, into her momma’s arms, and we captured some of the most adorable pictures.
I mean, come on. What a sweet family moment we were able to capture, through the tears, despite the puke, regardless of the stress that could have been involved.
My biggest advice? Even if you’re afraid of things could go wrong when trying to capture kids in family photos, show up anyway. I promise you we’ll get something unforgettable. Chances are, they’re going to be just as beautiful as what we got with the Farley family.
Looking to put your kids to the test? Mini sessions are a great way to get great photos in a handful of minutes. I’m almost full for fall, but you can snag one here if you’re quick about it. I’ll also be announcing my Christmas mini sessions to my mailing list first, so get in touch to get on the list!