I stood there- mortified- and started to break a sweat.
My 1 year old was having a complete meltdown, five minutes into her first ever photography session, and there was nothing I could do about it. She didn’t want to smile or even to be held; she wanted to take off the frilly dress I had put her in and she wanted her pacifier. She started to cry, as 1 year olds often do, and then I started to cry. I was embarrassed. I felt as though I was wasting the photographers time, “I swear she’s usually so well behaved!” must have come out of my mouth at least 7 times and I was heartbroken that we were paying all this money to have photos taken when I was sure none of them were going to turn out.
I have been there.
I know what can go wrong when photographing children and babies. But, the best part? I know what can go so right with photographing them. The genuine smiles that you are never quick enough to capture with your iPhone. The look of total and complete love when your husband holds his new baby daughter for the first time. The joy on your 6 year olds face as we say, “okay- one big jump!” and I’m there to capture his look of triumph when he lands.
The tears may come but, I promise, the smiles will come too. And when they do, I will be there to photograph them.
My name is Rebeccah, I am a Minneapolis based photographer, and it would be my pleasure to capture your family in the same way I want to capture my own – the gritty and the polished – so that when you look back on your time with me you see the true soul of your family shining through.