Let me tell you a little tale of how this day really went.
𝐓𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐢𝐬 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐟𝐚𝐜𝐞 𝐨𝐟 𝐚 𝟒-𝐲𝐞𝐚𝐫-𝐨𝐥𝐝 𝐛𝐨𝐲 𝐝𝐮𝐫𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐭𝐡𝐞 “𝐆𝐨𝐥𝐝𝐞𝐧 𝐇𝐨𝐮𝐫.”
Photographers love to suggest the “golden hour” for the magical light you see in these photos. In parenting circles, this time is known as the witching hour.
Family photos are hard, extended family photos can be excruciating.
Trying to perfectly coordinate 12 outfits for someone whom “perfectionism visits” (my therapists’ words) can be tense.
For a week before, my sister and I sent photos back and forth, trying to figure out what our families would wear.
On the morning of the photoshoot, I still didn’t know what we’d wear.
I didn’t eat all day because I was trying to coordinate outfits, ironing (I don’t iron), getting/keeping kids clean and doing hair. Hangry me is NEVER good for anyone.
My husband and parents suggested I have a drink before the photos. To relax, they said. Alright, that seemed like a good idea. Until my husband later made a comment to the photographer that sounded like he was implying I was a “problem drinker.”
Seriously!? I snarked at him.
Please photoshop out Mom’s Sweat Stains
By the time we arrived at the shoot location, I had sweat stains upon sweat stains because light blue shirt dresses are the devil. Thank god for photoshop.
The day’s highlight was when my husband pointed out that I had lost a button on my dress. I snarked, “You just love to point out my flaws! Don’t you?” Oh, memories!
Why do we do this to ourselves?
Despite the pain in my ass that this day was, I would do it again in a second.
Look at these faces. These are my people. They are all beautiful and healthy, and even though some days we forget it, we will miss this phase.
So the answer to my original question, “Is the pain of taking family photos worth it?” It’s a heck yes for me but it doesn’t mean there isn’t room for improvement in the process.
Check out: 9 Tips for Successful Family Photoshoots.
What not to do during Family Photoshoots.
Do you think investing in professsional family photos is a good idea? How do you not drive yourself and your family crazy on photo day?
Leslie at Sakura Photography was a true professional. She masterfully directed both the kids and adults and turned the shit show that was us into beautiful fake perfection for us to treasure always.