Capture the Adults.
A longtime client joked with me this year that I should use the hashtag #capturetheparents as the White Box was getting moms, dads and grandparents in front of my camera in record numbers. She was so right in that statement I started using this sentiment but changed it to include all adults – #capturetheeadults – when walking clients through the options for experiences and encouraging them to be IN them, not just photographing their children.
While women have a bad rap for not wanting to be photographed it is in my experience that many parents, grandparents and adults often duck out of the images thinking – next year I will lose some weight, next year I will have my hair done, next year I will fit into a dress or pants I love – next year I will get in the frame. The problem is next year turns into a decade and all those years of you have been missed from your story.
In my first session by another professional after kids I was 40 lbs heavier than I was before kids. Before kids I was an Ontario Women’s Soccer League provincial goalie, I played soccer 3-4 a week between training and games. The expectation that I would ever return to that lifestyle had faded with three children and a lower back diagnosed with degenerative disc disease. Life had changed, I love my boys and my life, so what was I waiting for. I am not the same person I was pre-kids but I think I looked pretty amazing nonetheless – despite my own concerns (yes I have them, too) – and since then we have captured several images of me at various weights, hair styles and I love them all.
The session I am sharing with you today is one of the client families which inspires me to capture my own experience with a professional every year. This couple are almost always in the sessions with their kids – through pregnancies and after them – they are so much fun to work with. Mom is so beautiful she literally makes the camera sing every time we work together, Dad rocks every single thing I ask him to try and the kids who have both known my lens for years now are as close to professionals as they come.
This family inspires me to get in front of the lens over and over again, to be part of the story we are capturing for our walls, for our family and for our children. Thanks guys for the inspiration of being in my own story.
Take the time to tell your family story with us this spring, summer and fall. Take the step to be IN THE FRAME with your kids and leave your own image in these stories.
Capture the experience.
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Kirsten McGoey, Visual Storyteller, Trinity Design