“You’ve gotta dance like there’s nobody watching,
Love like you’ll never be hurt,
Sing like there’s nobody listening,
And live like it’s heaven on earth.”
― William W. Purkey
As I was editing some of these photos this morning on the couch while enjoying my morning coffee, my nine-year-old was snuggled up next to me watching TV. She was looking at the photos as I scrolled through them picking my favorite ones. As she looked, she commented, “It sure looks like they had fun!” I took it as the ultimate compliment because above all, I want kids to have fun at my family portrait sessions, and I want the photos to show that they had fun.
For me, giving clients an enjoyable experience is as important as the photos themselves. My reason for that is, if you get beautiful photos, but the experience in getting those photos was miserable, then what kind of memories are you going to have associated with those pictures? And isn’t that what family photography should be about….capturing beautiful memories?
Maddie & Reagan can certainly teach us all about having fun. They were so full of joy at this session. It’s so fun to watch because it wasn’t too many years ago that Reagan was an extremely shy little girl who would barely look at me. Now she’s dancing like nobody’s watching. And how completely beautiful is that? I mean, can you even look at these photos without smiling? When I grow up, I want to be just like these little girls.