Why is September 12th my favorite day? Well, really it’s not. September 12th is just another day for me but not for my son. Today is NOT his birthday but rather, today is his 6th Grade ‘School Picture Day’! THAT makes it my favorite day! I love seeing my kids practicing their smiles in the mirror and choosing just the right clothes! Claire had her picture day about 2 weeks ago and was adamant her hair bow was ‘just right’! It got me to thinking about how we as adults shun the camera, whether it be a professional one or camera phone, every time we see it! YET, if we take a selfie (really hate that word), we are INITIATING the dreaded photo! Why? Why do we have fun with selfies vs the ones others take? I think it all has to do with how relaxed we are! Selfies are meant to be carefree, fun and 100% ‘in the moment’. OH MY GOSH! That is exactly how I want my clients to feel when we are shooting!!! What better way to capture the LIFE happening in your life at that moment! REAL moments include booger picking from 2 year olds! Screaming fits happen with newborns (and some adults! ha!). Bruises happen, bad haircuts happen (see my 6th grade photo below…two words for ya….HOT MESS! ) and so do runny noses (can I get an ‘Amen’ from the allergy sufferers?)!
To coin one of my favorite phrases from one of my favorite movies (Sweet Home Alabama! Yay for Reese Witherspoon!), ‘I’m just sayin’ is all.’
Reese: ‘WHAT? What are you just saying?’
All I am saying is RELAX! Don’t try so hard! Don’t Google ‘how to look skinny in photos’, ‘how to make my neck look longer’ or ‘how to not look like I have a gut’. If you are going to Google anything, Google this: How to slow down and enjoy the moment! God gives us moments; moments of laughter and moments of joy. HE gives us moments of sadness and intense pain. Whatever moment you are in, be IN IT! And, if its one you want to capture, I’m your girl! Its what I LOVE to do!