If you're like most mamas, you probably had all these ideas in your head about how your family session would go - you've seen other people's photo galleries. You thought you'd walk sweetly through a field stopping only for gentle kisses on the cheek and eskimo kisses. And you'd leave anxiously anticipating the gorgeous photos sure to be in your gallery.
And then this is how it all really went down ...
You wrestled your toddler into clothes he doesn't wear often and therefore, he screamed, "OFF!" for so long you contemplated heading straight to the zoo and paying them to take him. You tried (but failed) to squeeze in that perfectly-timed nap and somehow, finally, you arrived to your session just praying there weren't mushy goldfish all over his little booty. And oh my gosh, did you remember lipstick?
By the end of the session you've decided, "We're not having professional photos taken for a long, long time". It was too stressful, too hard, just too.much.
I heard a similar story from a client just the other day.
So I have this gentle reminder for you ... Don't wait, Mama.
Soon, he won't make that silly little face when he's nervous - the one that says, "I need you", without any words. The days of her making that ridiculous "cheese" face will be gone and she will have refined her pose the way only a big girl would. He won't run and hide and let out that baby giggle that secretly sticks a dagger right into your heart.
Don't wait, momma.
You're tired now. The days are long. But don't forget, the years are short.
When you're pulling out the photos for his high school graduation slideshow (and my god, it will happen before you know it), you'll be happy you made photo sessions a priority. You'll smile and remember those sweet chubby little hands ... yes, even if it is because they were over his face in that shot. You'll wish that for one day you could go back.
Don't wait, momma. You'll be glad you didn't.