This is one of a few, in fact I think it is the only photo we have of our family before the wedding. Isn’t it great? I am particularly fond of the family photo bombing us in the background. Cameron looks like he is about to fall asleep and David appears to be in some discomfort.
Then we had the wedding and I was so sure we would get some great ones. It didn’t really work out as planned. Jack, we have discovered, is very adverse to having his photo taken and has to be forcefully contained which doesn’t really make for happy family photos. Also the wind was blowing and we were all looking at the 500 people behind Jeanette. I have to say that this was no reflection on Jeanette – I was very surprised she managed to capture what she did as well as she did. I have said it many times, a photographers job is so much more than taking a photo.
Side note: DO NOT stand behind or next to a photographer trying to take photos. It distracts the people she is trying to capture more than it helps. Don’t do it!
But now that our family is complete I thought it about time to book a proper photo shoot where we could get all of us in one shot, hopefully all looking at the camera.
The day of the photo shoot was not without it’s excitement. I had committed to a BabySense seminar which meant David had to fly solo with the kids and take Cameron to soccer and meet me, with the 4 kids clean and dressed at Delta Park. Obviously Emma had to full her nappy as they were about to leave, Kiara had a small melt down about her hair and I kept getting lipstick on my teeth.
The actual shoot didn’t run as smoothly as I wanted, Jack just wasn’t interested at all in doing anything we wanted to and by the end of it everyone had sand marks on their white shirts. BUT somehow photographers manage to create magic without us even realising it.
Look at that! Everyone is looking at the camera, everyone is smiling, everyone is happy.
Catherine managed to capture us, as a family.
I did learn a few things though for our next shoot, which I hope will be next year.
Do not wear white if you have toddlers/babies. It may look nice but it is not practical.
Trust the photographer. Despite what I said earlier, we all kept trying to get Jack to look at the camera, to make Emma smile etc. When we left Cath to walk with Jack he did do what she needed him to do.
Don’t set unrealistic expectations. I knew it was going to be unrealistic to expect perfect family portraits with well dressed children and I was ok with that. All I wanted was everyone looking in the same direction and at least 3/6 of us smiling.
Confirm the outfits a week before. Do not assume your children have a pair of jeans, especially not your child with sensory issues.
How often do you do family photos? Do you have a favourite photographer or don’t you mind?