I’m a mom. Over the 8 short years since I became a mom, I’ve become friends with other moms. As my conversations with these other moms meander to the topic of photography and getting family photos, I hear the same reasons (i.e. excuses) about why she can’t get professional photos taken.
Well guess what… I have the answer: My Spring Mini-Session Event!
I know what you’re thinking – how is that the answer to my “I just can’t seem to get it together to get professional photos of my lovely family” woes?
Well, friends – I’ll tell you.
Excuse: “I just can’t find the time?”
Good news! Mini-sessions only take 15 minutes! That’s only 15 minutes that you have to wrangle your kids and try to postpone the inevitable grass-stained khakis! (But seriously, I love photographing messy kids. They’re more genuine. And honestly, those are the images that are going to make you laugh 5 or 10 years from now).
Plus, let’s be real – if we can spare 15 minutes in the Starbucks drive-through trying to order a unicorn frappuccino, we can schedule a short photo session for some great keepsake images.
Excuse: “My husband really hates getting his picture taken.”
Why are the guys always so resistant to getting photos? I’ll never understand it. What father wouldn’t want a photo of his loving family (or goofy kids) on his desktop or on his wall or in his wallet. Plus, kids grow up faster than our brains can keep up with – just show him a picture of one (or all) of your kids when they were babies and watch the heartstrings soften.
Also, many guys (and people in general) feel awkward in front of the camera, but it doesn’t have to be that way. If you can’t already tell, I’m all about the fun, and I promise to crack corny jokes for as long as it takes to get everyone to loosen up.
Or, if dad is really uncomfortable, you let him stay at home and watch the game while you bring the kids to get “Mommy and Me” photos. Boom! Everybody’s happy!
Excuse: “I always look so horrible in pictures! I hate every photo of myself I’ve ever seen!”
Let me ask you something – when you take out old family Polaroids from the ’70s or ’80s, when we were all running around in pigtails and jelly shoes, and you run across a photo of your mother… is your first thought, “Man, she looked really fat in those jeans!?”
NO! Absolutely not! You probably smile wistfully, because to you, your mother was (and probably still is) one of the most gorgeous women on the planet, and you just felt lucky to be around her all the time. Maybe you even watched her as she made dinner or brushed her hair or put her earrings in or carried your little brother or sister around… and in every moment, to you, she was beautiful.
Give your children the gift of your photo, so that they can show their grandchildren how lovely their mother was, as they tell stories of your stellar lasagna or your musical laugh.
Even more than that, allow yourself the gift of seeing yourself as your children see you.
Excuse: “Aren’t photo sessions super-expensive?!”
Look, we all have budgets, which always seem to laugh at us as we shell out another $50 for soccer cleats because they just won’t stop growing… I get it. Yeah, a full photo session can be pricey, because it involves not only the time taking the photos, but all the behind-the-scenes editing time afterwards (plus a list of other photography expenses that I won’t bore you with here).
Again, good news! Mini-sessions are a fraction of the price of a normal, full session – for $99, you have the session itself, plus your choice of 8-12 images from your gallery, which is more than enough for a few nice, framed photos or a canvas on the wall, or a few Facebook or Instagram collages, or computer/cell phone wallpaper images, etc. It’s a budget-friendly investment for lasting memories (before you wake up tomorrow and they’re three inches taller and why won’t they just stop growing for five minutes?!).
So… why not?