This Spring Break season has been a busy one and I’ve met many families with kids of many ages. As a mom and a photographer, I always have an idea of what I want to capture for a family. You see, for me anyway, I want to capture where a family is at in this moment. I want to capture the goofy smiles, the laughter, and even the moody faces. Life isn’t always about just looking at a lens and posing for a smiling picture. Real life is about loving each other. Laughing. Embracing. Frolicking. Hugging & Kissing. And yes, it’s also about kids who sometimes won’t follow directions, and that’s ok.
I recently did a session that broke my heart. Adorable parents, adorable kids. But at 4 and 6 years old, the kids were more interested in playing and the ocean than smiling at a camera, and that’s something I can completely understand. Rather than let me play with the kids, earn their trust, and capture images of the family playing, the parents yelled at their kids, forcefully held their heads in place, and demanded they look and say “cheese” to the camera. Honestly, I cried in my car afterward. Yes, I am hired to capture images, but I hope that I’m the chosen photographer because my clients love the art of what I capture. I do strive to capture some posed “portraits”, but I hope that the real charm of my photography is the unposed, the fun, the emotions.
So when I photographed this family, I was moved to tears in a different way. Because they were exactly what my heart needed. Their session was exactly what I want to shoot. It was fun, loving, exciting, hilarious, wet – it was so full of love.
Mahalo “T” Family – you guys are so awesome! xoxo
Maui Vacation Photorapher: Mariah Milan // Location: Baby Beach // Time of Day: Sunset
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