One of my favorite quotes from a photographer comes from the master, Annie Leibovitz
"A thing that you see in my pictures is that I was not afraid to fall in love with these people."
I believe this with my whole heart.
I remember when I was first starting I heard a lot about how business should not be personal. How your business should not be an extension of who you are. But this is not true.
I connect to my families on a very deep level. This is why I only take 2 sessions a week. I literally feel emotionally drained after a shoot. Because I poured into my families so that they would be willing and able to pour back to me and allow me to make them into art.
But this takes time and practice. It takes a while to find your way in the family photography world. And you will. I promise.
We put a lot of pressure on ourselves when we set out to capture a family. We feel pressure to nail that perfect photo and make a family look beautiful. But here is the thing... it's not our job to make a family look perfect or even beautiful. It's our job to show them that they already are perfect and beautiful. That we see them for the imperfectly flawed beauty that they are.
Two or three times a year I teach an online workshop on Lifestyle Family Photography through Click Photo School. It is called The Art Of Lifestyle Family Photography. This is a month full of self exploration and really digging into the artistic side of family photography. Leaving you with a fresh perspective and the tools you need to run a successful family session. If you are interested in finding out more about this, registration is open and there are still a few full particpation seats available. There are always plenty of study along available if you would feel more comfortable going at your own pace.
What has been the absolute best part of the class for me has been staying in touch and watching my students grow and learn. We have a very active Facebook group that you will get access to after the completion of the class. The girls in there are the most positive, amazing women ever!
I hope to see some of you there!