Family Photos Aren’t What They Used to Be
My family photo as a child experience was probably much like yours: I had to stand ridiculously still, the photographer was barking orders, my smile (fleeting, as it was) grew forced, and the photos showcased us all looking our best but feeling our worst (stressed smiles, grumpy kids, annoyed photographer.)
As much as I hated the process of those photos in my early days, I cherish having those glimpses into who we were 25ish years ago.
Going into family photos, then, my goal is to be the opposite of that experience. In creating play-filled adventures in a field or at a forest or along a river, we are creating memories together that result in photos that are not only good but also fun.
What to Expect During Your Family Photos
When you show up for your family photo session, you’ll soon see two key things: 1) getting the kiddos comfortable is my first priority (sometimes that means talking to you, sometimes that means interacting with the child) and 2) I am a goof.
During our time together, we are wandering the park and playing games and doing what it takes to encourage everyone (including you, Mom!) enjoy the process so that the smiles become genuine and the posture becomes relaxed. I don’t want to be the scary lady with the camera; instead, I am the funny/goofy/silly photographer who strives to bring fun to a traditionally stresstime time.
– As we explore, I will have a few spots picked out for you but will always love to work with your requests, too. I love to hear your ideas and aim to incorporate as lighting allows.
– Try not to stress about the photos — let me do that. =) As you focus on enjoying an outing as a family at the park, your personal paparazzi will be just icing on the cake! The less stressed Mom is the more relaxed everyone is . . . even the toddler!
– When choosing clothing for the family, I recommend coordinating and not matching. (Let personality shine!)
– As you create a colour palette for your coordinating outfits, consider your home décor and favorite colors. Will your colors clash with the wall on which they hang? That’s sad. =/
– Avoiding logos and emblems on your clothing encourages the focus to be on faces instead of the brand you’re repping.
Finally and most importantly: if possible and as the situation allows it, don’t feel compelled to step in and be the parent; I want family photos to feel fun for the kiddos, so we will enjoy the process of flighty cuteness and avoid “sit here, look here!” commands.
I tend to be goofy and silly to engage the kiddos and encourage cooperation. This often involves bizarre requests (“hey, can you make the craziest face EVER?”) that results in the hilariously genuine laugh next. I work within their world to create the magic moments you’ll want on your wall. Your job will be to follow my instructions while I act like a goof to get the smiles we will cherish. =)
Ecstatic Clients Say It Best
“WOW! You did it! You captured us and the story of us on that evening in a beautiful, brilliant and fun way. Tears were streaming down my face as I got to the end. The pictures and the mood are exactly what I had hoped they would be. You are very, very talented” (Magda)
Jennifer, you’re incredible. Some of your photos take my breath away, or give me a funny feeling in the pit of my stomach. I’m seriously tearing up a little as I think about it. You are an artist. Thank you for sharing the beauty. (Sherri)
“Ohhhhh Jenni!!! GOOD JOB!!! Oh me of little faith!! I really enjoyed my time with you and my kids loved you!! 🙂 You are so very good with them!! Thank you again for a fun first afternoon and I truly hope that it won’t be the last!” (Talisa)
“Oh my!! We love these pictures!!!! The girls are still talking about you and asking how you are doing, so funny that they connected with you so fast. I think that it shows in the pictures of the two girls. I LOVE the picture of Katherine laughing and the one with Makena’s hair moving. Makena has named a stuffy after you!” (Laura)
In case we haven’t officially met yet… hi! I’m Jennifer AKA Jenni Marie of Jenni Marie Photography.
I’ve photographed families (and weddings!) for the last nine years and built my business while working a desk job and living in North Carolina. For years, I have cherished the privilege of being invited into a family for the day to showcase the laughter, silliness, in-between, real moments that make up family.
I believe you are beautiful and deserve to look and feel your best in family photos.
But I also know you don’t always feel that way. So maybe you’re not a Hollywood icon. And maybe you don’t fit the idealized version of beauty the media portrays. Maybe you hate your nose and your weight isn’t where you’d like it. But here’s the thing.
You. Are. Beautiful.
You are, I’m convinced of it. And I’m committed to tell your unique family story in a way that’s true to you and showcase how stunning perfect your imperfect family is.
Jenni Marie Photography is for you if you…
- Want great photos filled with real life and emotions
- Know you are created in God’s image
- Love juxtaposing rugged adventure and femininity
- Celebrate the imperfections of family
- Don’t accept norms “just because”
- Think outside the box
- Find art in everyday life
For more about my family photo packages and availability please email me. I look forward to hearing about your vision and bringing your dreams to life for generations to enjoy.