The photo on the left is one of my favorites ever taken of my daughter by a very talented friend. Meagan was able to capture what those first few months of our lives were like together. It's so raw and brings emotions to the surface every time I look at it. This is also the photo which changed the way I look at photography years later.
Every family is unique and special in their own way. We rush through every day, inevitably overlooking moments that are imperfect, but beautiful. As adults, we spend so much time stressing about making things as perfect as we can. And, that's not life, life isn't perfect. We often forget how to stop and embrace the moment. A spilled juice box can be a really silly memory if you let it. A crying child could turn into a tender moment. A laugh can shake the universe if we don't try to silence it.
My approach is very laid back and flexible. I arrive at every session without any expectations of how it will unfold. While it's hard for you, the client, to do this - being open to letting moments happen naturally and honestly make for the best photographs. I meet your family where you are at! If your child wants to run around, I'll run after them. If you're kiddo wants to cry and scream, I'll capture that moment, too. If everyone is up for a posed shot, then let's do it! For me, the best photographs are those which are true to the moment + period of your life. Life is imperfectly beautiful, and that is always worth capturing.