Don’t Hide Your Reality

This is my own little PSA to families out there.

Do you ever see your kids doing something cute but don’t take a photo of it because you look around and realize how messy the room is?  “Yikes!  I don’t want this mess caught on camera!”

Or, do you think people are crazy to have a photographer document their daily life in their home (ahem, like a certain photographer I know specializes in)?  “I would never want this house documented.  It’s always a disaster with all the toys!  I’d need to hire an interior decorator before I’d allow it to be photographed.”

If this sounds like something you would say or have said before, heed this Public Service Announcement!

Not only are you missing out on capturing loads of memories, you’re also missing all the little details that give those memories substance and which deserve documentation.

You will thank me later when you look back on these documented moments with fresh eyes that time provides us.

For example purposes, I snapped this photo this morning (gasp, that means it’s a digital capture!)  This is Natalie (age 2) and Danny (age 4) in our master bedroom.  We were in the midst of our morning weekday routine of trying to get everyone dressed and out the door on time.  I’ve made note of some of the details which are our reality and which provide meaningful details to this morning memory.  Years from now I will look at this photo and I will see not only the story of Danny and Natalie hanging out in my bedroom, but I will also see lots of mini-stories because of these ‘imperfections’ that are within the frame.

Our perfectly messy morning

Our perfectly messy morning

This is the main reason why I strongly encourage families to hold their session in their home.  It provides details, context, mini-stories and authenticity.  Don’t hide your reality.  Embrace it.  You will thank me one day!

That concludes this PSA.  🙂



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6 thoughts on “Don’t Hide Your Reality

  1. Aww I love this. It’s so true – I find myself saying the same thing to myself all the time. Families are real – and this is such a real image. Thanks for sharing and inspiring the rest of us to keep the natural photos coming. ❤

  2. Thank you for sharing this! I am totally guilty of not taking photos (or at least not showing them to anyone) when the room is a mess. You are right, though, in that it is all part of capturing that moment in time.

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