This year has been quite the journey for us. There has been A LOT of self reflecting and figuring out who we are on several different levels. Everyday we get a little closer to who we want to be.
It's no secret that I am a perfectionist. I am obsessed with details when it comes to photography. It's interesting though, my favorite photos have always been what most would consider imperfect. I love candid moments. They speak to me. They are me.
In the photography industry, there is a lot of chatter. You have to follow the rule of thirds, don't center a photo, you must frame your subject, you must focus on one subject, use negative space, don't fill your photo, make sure you fill your photo, use leading lines, avoid zooming in, don't over-edit, and about a million other rules that contradict each other. It's impossible to be perfect.
So I'm letting go.
I'm now embracing what speaks to me. I love candid moments because they are real. I love that real emotion. I love those laughs that you can't help but throw your head back. I love those soft moments when kids are exploring the world around them. I love the dirt falling through their fingers. I love the squeezes of a family hug. I love when siblings play together. I love the way your little one looks up at you and tightly holds on to one finger. I love how they snuggle into your neck when they get scared or hurt. I love the way you and your other half look at each other. I love when you laugh together. I love that mom is actually in the photos. I love connection.
I love being the one to capture these moments for you. The real you. The essence of your amazing and unique family. I love showing you how awesome you are doing at raising your family and how much you love each other. I'm sorry, but you just don't get that looking at the camera and saying cheese. So I'm letting that go and you should too.
Below I've added Connection vs Perfection. I'm not saying I don't take the perfection photo because it certainly has it's place...but I don't focus on it- I usually take one and move on to connection. What do you think? Which one shows who the family really is?