Have you ever talked to someone who has no filter? They say what they mean, with no qualms sometimes with tact and sometimes not. As soon as you meet them you know exactly who they are, what they are about and how they view life?
This is me…
I have no filter, nothing stops the words that flow from my mouth (and sometimes that is cuss words in front of the more religious moms and their kids in my homeschool group). I can’t help it, I am real life to the core. I have no style, like running shorts, flip-flops and a shirt that is too big that generally doesn’t match. I drink beer out of a bottle unless it’s a really great craft and that needs to breathe in a glass. I don’t wear makeup, barely brush my hair and don’t even own a purse. Girly girl or keeping up with the jones just isn’t in my vocabulary. I was this way before kids and even more this way after…
This is real life to me.
No pretention, nothing but raw, real life. I can’t help it, I have tried to be something I am not and I failed miserably.
The question of why comes up often, not so much in my interaction with clients, but in every marketing class I have even taken, any business book I have read, any workshop. They say if you know your “why” and if you are true to that why it will shine through your work allowing your clients to really fall in love with you. So if you haven’t fallen in love with me yet, let me buy you some flowers and chocolates.
My Why Is:
That’s it! That simple!
I know I talk about documenting your everyday life and preserving your memories but in all honestly (just keeping it real here), I shoot the way I do because I value real life. I love the rawness of childhood and family life, the subtle humor in the crazy things our kids do, the normal, not so exciting things (and the exciting ones too). The realness of it all. Like a great non-fiction book. I want to tell the story of life using pictures or video. It’s not about documenting your days, it’s about living your life.
So from this day forward, I promise to stay true to my why, to stop the “preserve the memories bullsh*t“, and photograph your family just like I do my own. To make those perfectly imperfect environmental portraits, to ask myself what the moment feels like, to be true to your real life as I try to stay true in my life. If preserving memories is your why to hire me, COOL!!! What I do really stops these moments in time and puts them in a time capsule, it’s just not the reason I started photographing this way.
I challenge you to really dig deep and find your “why” of having your family photographed. Do you just think it’s time because the images of your kids on the wall are from when they were born 10 years ago? Do you just want new headshots to send to Grandma? OR do you want to celebrate your real life, and beauty of your family story? Are you the memory keeper of your family or maybe you are like me and just want to keep it real?
These are the type of images I want to give you of your family. These are the type of images we should be hanging on our walls. This is real life. Celebrate realness, make it normal, show the world what we are really like!
Celebrate your real life! Normalize the everyday moments! Call me (or just email me, cause no one wants to talk on the phone these days)