Perfect Family Photo Session?

Photo sessions for Sara and her family have always come easy, for the most part.  I suppose we were both expecting similar great results for this planned and well thought out session (never mind the fact there are 2 more kids in the mix since last family photos, which now comes to a grand total of 4 kids, ages ranging from 11 to 1.)   Any time you have a child under the age of four it adds an element of difficulty for getting a “clean” family shot.  That difficulty multiplies for each additional child under the age of four.  We had 2 children under the age of four in this group.  I suppose in the back of my mind I knew the potential challenges for this photo session…but sometimes you get lucky and it all just comes together. 

I’d say these first 2 shots probably most fairly represent the majority of the photos taken during this session.  Well, there is one exception…Bryn, the oldest girl, wasn’t making silly faces in all the pictures.  She was actually quite cooperative.  She deserves credit for that!

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Despite all the outtakes we did manage to get some pretty cute shots.  I know Sara was feeling pretty worn out and discouraged by the end of the shoot, but I reassured her that it had potential to produce some good things.  I’ve learned to hold off on the final judgment until the editing is done.  And with a few head swaps here and there I thought I should be able to pull together some family shots.  I think a change in our expectations as well helped in considering this session a success.  Changing our idea of “perfect” influenced how we viewed and appreciated what was captured.  Life is never “perfect” or unfolds in ways you expect, but it is worth appreciating and full of incredible value when viewed in the right way.


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I just love this next shot of Mike and Sara… McIntire-232 web

And of coarse we got lots of darling individual shots of the girls.  I just chose to show one of each here.storyboard m

And we actually have a cute family portrait with all of them looking “happily” into the camera (after only one head swap!)  Hooray!  (Not that “all looking happily into the camera” is what defines a good family shot…it’s just nice to get at least one of those in a session.)McIntire-138 bw web


  1. Kiana said . . .

    Thank you for this post. I’ve had several challenging family photoshoots lately – it’s nice to know it’s not just me. :) You salvaged this one beautifully.

    Your photo of Mom and Dad is a jaw-dropper. Outstanding work!

    Oh, and I definitely need to learn the “head swap” trick.

    Posted November 8, 2010 at 7:47 am | Permalink
  2. Sara said . . .

    Picture perfect is all about perspective… and considering our family is full of both joy and chaos… I think you captured it all perfectly.

    Posted November 8, 2010 at 9:16 am | Permalink
  3. Jill said . . .

    Love the pictures! The one of the little girl trying to climb in the wagon toooo cute, made me laugh! What a cute family! Nicely done!

    Posted November 8, 2010 at 10:30 am | Permalink
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    Posted November 9, 2010 at 12:08 pm | Permalink

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