" Step away from those run-of-the-mill front porch shots or the classic running to catch the bus shots! Instead, think about every year as a unique, equally important chapter or your child’s life. Get creative"
First I take offense to this statement. Why?
BOOM! That's why!
I get that we're in the Pinterest age and everything that we do has to be cute and creative. I mean, we're slapped in the face with inspiration everyday. All day. And night. Every. Single. Day. But I'm here to tell you that it's OK to not buy into all of this incredibly time consuming creative stuff. I bought into it for a while, and let me tell you, it was stressful. I spent more time being pissed off at my kids for not letting me get that "creative pose" than I did just enjoying the moment and snapping a pic. And tell me...what images do you like best from your childhood? Exactly! The Polaroid snapshots of you wearing a healthtex turtleneck sporting a bowl cut. That's what defined our childhood. That's what defined you. I love pulling out those early pics and laughing with my brother and sister about how absolutely ridiculous we looked and THEN mocking our parents for choosing such crappy clothes and taking crappy pictures. It's entertainment! It's fun and it's US! And I can't wait for my kids to do it with me!
Heck, I know I should be one to talk about this, I love me a beautiful photo of my kids, but I can tell you right here and right now I've stopped stalking them to get that perfect shot. I've stopped posing them. I've stopped dressing them up. I've stopped taking them to scenic locations in my selfish attempt to snap that golden shot that will go viral. I've just stopped. I work full time, I have two small kids, I run a part time photography business and I simply don't have time for that. And when I do, bad things happen. Really. Bad. Things.
Can't a picture just be a picture?
What do you all think about this? Is this too much? How creative do we really need to be when it comes to photographing our children?