You change diapers all day long. You’re tired.
You chase toddlers who say no. Make that exhausted.
You work hard to support, love, and help your family. Everyday.
You are exhausted. Wait. Did you already say that? You can’t remember.
Your little kids get babysat by the TV. (So you can have a moment to go pee by yourself…and maybe have 2 minutes of quiet where no one is asking you for something.)
When I talk to you about your family being photographed, you usually say that there’s nothing special that your family does…unless chaos and spilled milk and cheerios in noses counts. You know it probably does but you’re thinking, “Do I really want to remember THIS STUFF a bunch of years from now? All I’m thinking about right now is the next time I’ll get two hours of sleep in a row.”
So having me photograph you all day long sounds more exhausting than it’s worth.
You’re also thinking, “My little kids do funny stuff but they also freak out and throw tantrums! We aren’t cute all of the time and we don’t live in a cute, tidy house. We aren’t doing awesome things all of the time! I’m pretty sure you’re going to see my messy house and my kids throw fits if you come photograph us all day long. And I think that’s going to make me feel more exhausted. Plus, my husband totally doesn’t like to get his picture taken.”
I hear you.
I also know you’re thinking about the time your little 2 year old came and put their arms around you completely unexpectedly and made you feel like the luckiest woman alive.
And you’re thinking of the time when everyone was getting along for 2 minutes and it felt like heaven walked in the door.
You’re thinking of how sweet it is to have their hand reach up and grab yours.
They are little tiny moments of your day. Punctuation marks on all of the crazy just to remind you in little ways that you’ve got something good going on.
Those exhausting moments of your life and the punctuation marks are all the pieces of the life and people and family you’re creating.
I get it. I have four kids of my own. I know kids fight and argue and throw temper tantrums and crazytown happens everyday…lots of times in a day.
Your life isn’t always going to be like this (I heard that sigh of relief. lol). It is going to change. And believe it or not…you’ll want to be in the pictures of this life you’re in right now and you’ll want to have all of the crazy and the awesome. Now and later (even if you don’t like the candy by the same name). Trust me. I’m on the other side and I don’t have a Day in the Life session like this. I wish it did.
And before you argue with me about it anymore…all of the photos in this email are from a mom who is in your shoes. Her little kids fight over books and spill milk and eat food off the kitchen counter when they think no one is looking.
If you’re still not convinced, take a look at Alisa’s slideshow from her Day in the Life session. Her day was packed full of crazy (and awesome). And fights and deciding who to help and who could wait. What do you think?
Here’s her slideshow (it’s desktop and laptop friendly):
I promise you, your familyness is more awesome, even in it’s not perfect state, than you think! Please give me a call (704-964-5882 or CLICK HERE and schedule a time to chat). I want to talk to YOU!!
This is what Alisa said about her session:
“What I loved most about our experience in having Davina photograph our little family was her ability to instinctively capture us in our own element–the rolling laughter over something silly at the dinner table as well as the cries and apologies over toy troubles. The tiny hands helping make breakfast to milk messes from an overly-confident 2 year-old. Davina was naturally involved in every minute of the photoshoot–quietly snapping away capturing our family as we really are–and what we love most about being together. I always love snuggling all together on the bed to read bedtime stories in a British accent, and other times I like to look back and laugh at the mission it was to dress three littles under the age of 4. Davina beautifully preserved what would have been only mere memories into a brilliant story. ”
And here is what another mom said about her session (who also has little kids like Alisa):
“Seeing our session with you makes me feel so much better about those parts that aren’t perfect. I actually like my family MORE after watching this because I don’t feel so guilty that we aren’t smiles all the time!” -Brooke
PS I’ll be in Northern California from April 10-16th next month. I’d love to photograph someone you know from there. Will you please share this with your family or friends who live there? Thank you so much!
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