Family photos…the perfect example of a love/ hate relationship. As any parent knows, the preparation of finding the perfect outfits and trying to get those perfect smiles is a daunting task. I will admit that I spent years and many frustrating hours always trying to get that “perfect” family photo. You know the picture I’m talking about. The one with the perfect kids, flawless smiles, and perfectly patient parents. Everyone looks so happy and like they are enjoying every second of that wonderfully joyous time in front of the camera. I mean really? We all know “that” family doesn’t really exist. In my experiences, this quest of trying to obtain the perfect and amazing family image, turned me into a 1st class Mom-zilla. I don’t need to disclose anymore. Bottom line it was stressful, ugly, and painful. But hey, I lived by the rule that as long as we get that one perfect photo (even with hours of photo shop) the mission was accomplished.
When looking back at my photo memories of my “perfect” family photo days, all I can think about was what a liar I was. Really, we looked perfect, but all I could remember was what a nightmare it was to get that one perfect picture. Oh, the hours of preparation, the tears, and the tantrums. Did I mention the hours of photoshop? Really, WTH? Anyone who had ever met my kids knew the truth anyway…
So, I decided at that moment that I was done with the perfect family shenanigan and it was time to show the world what we are really about…wild & crazy chaos. I decided that if I was going to take the time and spend the money on a professional photographer, it needed to be about capturing the real life of my “real” family. We are not perfect (actually not even close). Each of my kids have different personalities and unique expressions. I wanted that to be captured, not some perfect family that doesn’t exist. I wanted fun and crazy, and it had to reflect who we are and what we are really about. Since my happy place is being on vacation, I decided that a great time to attempt this new revelation, was while vacationing in Southern California. My boys grabbed their favorite board shorts of the season, my daughter and I grabbed our favorite sundresses, and my Hubby & I had a glass of wine to start the adventure. We were relaxed, had minimal bickering between the kids, and were ready to have some fun. We met up with Eva from Eva Lempert Photography and just asked her to snap away. We let the kids help pick the poses (including awkward family photo style) and had an absolute blast. The best part was that we had some great memories, fabulous photos, and I can honestly look back and see who my kids really were in Summer 2012! Love them!
To check out more of our wild and crazy photo shoot check out Eva Lempert’s blog!
Disclaimer: Any photos that even slightly resemble that perfect family… we were most likely bribing our children, allowing them to use potty language, they were teasing each other, or we just got lucky.