Well, you caught me.
Yep, this is my family fall portraits!
Every crazy, wild, chaotic minute of it was worth it to get these precious memories so we can print them and keep them forever!
My son has a slight obsession with trucks.
Ok, so I have a soft spot too for a beauty like the gorgeous 1947 Dodge that we borrowed for the shoot too, but it wasn't just for me.
I knew he would love it. (AKA-- Maybe he will love it enough to sit still in it for more than 2.3 seconds before darting off!)
Well, he sat still for just about 2.3 seconds, but it was just enough time for me to snap this frame-worthy shot of him rockin' his "farmer hat" and "driving" daddy around. (Mom goggles? I can't help it, I adore this shot!)
Oh, how I love my children.
But let me tell you, photographer's children are no easier in front of the camera. They are WILD in front of the camera. Like, in revolt.
In fact, there is a name for it- PCS.
Photographer's Child Syndrome.
It means that no matter how hard you work, how silly you dance, or how many chocolate chip cookies (ice cream? candy? anything you want child- just sit still and smile at Mommy!) you bribe them, they are immune to all your tricks.
It works with other people's kids- the crazy, silly stuff- the singing and dancing like a nut case, stickers on my forehead, fake sneezes, peek-a-boo.....
Not my children.
They see me do that every day.
They're like, oh- there's mom, being mom.
But oh, how I treasure these portraits.
I'm the one who documents our days. I catch all the cute stuff my son does, the funny words he says, the way he likes to dress himself.
I document my daughter's successes and highlights of middle school. I carefully curate her life as she has transitioned from playing with dolls to playing with makeup. Each moment is precious. Each moment is treasured.
All our family vacations are lovingly captured and bound in a portrait album.
But one thing is missing.
I'm in hardly any of the shots.
But, I was there.
Do you ever feel that way- I want my kids to know that I snuggled them, read to them each night before bed, kissed boo-boos and treasured every moment that I could spend with them.
So I made myself a promise.
I'm going to be sure that I make it into the photo albums too. With them, doing what we do- Laughing, playing and loving.
Do yourself this favor too- Be present in your photos. It's worth it to capture those memories- for you, and for your children.
-- Yes, that is my son in the seat next to me. Wriggling around while My Main Man and I get our cuddle on.
But that's us! Wiggles and all.
Life is sweet, ya'll.
Every. Single. Moment.