Ask any mother and she will tell you that one of the things she dreads and looks most forward to is family pictures. We all have this vision of how we want our family to be portrayed. Perfectly coordinating, all smiling, fresh haircuts, impeccably combed and styled. The list in our heads goes on and on. We want that one moment to be captured so we can always look back on it and remember how we "pictured" our ideal vision of our family. Every time I do a family shoot for someone, the poor mother is a complete and total mess. Causing the rest of the family to be on edge. Usually the husband and wife are fighting upon the arrival of the scheduled location. Kids crying, bribes being tossed around like the end of the world will arrive at any moment if they don't cooperate and smile! You would think after witnessing this time after time, I would know how make things calm and have the ability to yield perfect results for my own family.
So. Not. The. Case.
Nothing ended up being perfect. I had a complete melt down over my oldest son's white shoes. And that cat! That dang cat wanted to be a part of our family so badly! Doesn't he know that we are as far from animal lovers as they come? It looks like he totally knocked out that part of the fence to be in this picture...he probably did! Seriously! He was relentless. Running back and forth after pushing the self timer button gave me no indication the cat was even there.
I just hope that as a photographer I am able to give mother's what they all want so badly. I found myself doing all the things today that I secretly dislike about the mom at a family photo shoot. Getting snappy with the husband. Telling the kids to just give a "natural smile" for crying out loud! Being extremely self critical of my body, hair, and wrinkles that seem to appear more and more every single day....
But at the end of this day...I have images. Images of my perfectly imperfect family. White shoes, fake smiles, and even a slight liking for that damn cat.