In my ten years of photographing families, I’ve heard and seen a lot of things. But do you want to know what I hear the most during my sessions?
If that wasn’t what you were expecting, well, me neither! Yet, I hear this multiple times at every session. I want to remind you that I’m your photographer and I’m here to capture the best of you – but you’re human, you’re busy, you’re juggling babies and small children and jobs and I don’t expect perfection. Not even close, because that’s not human, and it’s certainly not reality!
So, please, if you hear nothing as you prepare for a session with me, hear this:
You DON’T need to apologize!
Please no apologies for:
Your kids’ behavior. Friends. You have just brought home a new baby. You’ve put your children in new clothes that may or may not be super comfortable. You’ve let me in the house, and I’m new and novel to them. All of these factors can be fun, and please know I’ll make it so, but also a bit overwhelming for tiny humans. Whether your kiddo is crying, hitting a sibling, bouncing about, or simply just a bit more energetic than you’re used to – please know I’ve seen it all. And none of this requires an apology to me.
Your home. If I had a dollar for every time I heard “I’m sorry, this is just our starter home.” or “I’m sorry, this isn’t professionally decorated.” or “I’m sorry it’s a mess in here!” I would be a rich woman. But, this is your home. You should be proud of it, no matter what it is or isn’t – because it’s where you give your family love, shelter, and it’s where you make your memories. I shoot in home for a reason. No matter where you may land later, your home plays such a pivotal role in the story of your life, and photographing your family there is so special. It’s certainly nothing to apologize for!
Laundry or trash. If you’re a living, breathing human – and especially one who cares for other living, breathing humans – you have laundry and you have trash. These are facts of life and very easily movable by me. Need I say more?
A hungry baby. Babies are new and eat on demand. I photograph a LOT of newborns and this comes with the territory. When babies are fussy and hungry, we feed them. Photos can wait!
Your sweet pooch. Dogs are part of your family, and they’re also known to get a bit over excited when someone new comes into their home. Dogs can be jumpy – especially on folks who have a dog at home. I get it! I’m the proud mama of my sweet Georgie pooch and love to meet your dogs, too. Even if they jump!
PLEASE: stop apologizing at your portrait sessions. You’re slaying the mom game and you have nothing to apologize for. If you’re willing to slash the sorrys, you’ll have an even better in-home photography experience. I promise!
Sorry, not sorry. 😉
Have you booked your in-home session yet?