When Molly was first born I wasn’t feeling up to (or pretty enough) to take formal family portraits with her as a newborn. This is one thing I regret as I see other newborn & mommy pics. But now that I’ve learned how important it is to occasionally bookmark milestones in her life with professional pictures, we have made an effort to take either single portraits or family photos throughout her first year.
Our first experience was when Molly was 6 months old (yes, we waited THIS long- lol!) and although the photographer was nice, we had all been up most of the night before with a teething baby so we were all exhausted with HUGE bags under our eyes. In addition, Molly had decided to resist her morning nap at all cost, so we quickly did a few snapshots before the lack of sleep caught up with all of us. (picture below- if you look really closely, you can see the dark circles under her eyes )
Our second experience was at 8 months old and I dolled her up in a tutu to look especially cute. It was a very positive experience because the photographer was very professional and good with kids. (picture below- look at those cute lil’ baby rolls!)
Our third experience when she turned 12 months won’t have a picture because it was THAT bad! We took her to a studio to have her 12 month milestone fully documented (WE MADE IT ) and arrived right on time, but the studio was running about 30 minutes behind. By the time it was our turn, Molly was taking a quick plunge into cranky-ville. To make matters worse, the photographer was probably new and didn’t know how to handle a kid who was afraid of the camera! Molly would turn on the water works and scream every time the camera came close to her. We have the memories, but luckily no pictures to document this horrible experience…
Enter the most memorable and positive experience in taking fun family pictures…
One of our good friends offered to take updated pictures for NMO AND in the process take some fun family pictures for each of us…can’t go wrong with an offer like that! We went to a park nearby and tried to coordinate our outfits without making Molly wear anything that we’d need to fuss over. Because the photographer was a good friend, Molly was SO comfortable with her! She was able to bring out all the smiles and personality in our amazing kid! It was such a positive experience! (The two pictures below & the lead article picture are from this photo shoot)
I’m learning that every picture experience will be different and not always fun, but we’ll keep on making the effort so we can look back in 10, 20, 30 years and remember when our life was simple and full of life!
Do you want fun family pictures of your own? Contact Laura.LastingMemories@gmail.com if you live in Southern California for a photographer who makes the effort to connect with you & your family to help bring your family photos to life! Thank you Laura!