3 Confessions: What I learned from getting my family photos taken

CONFESSIONSNothing like some life-changing events that will push you in front of the camera.

I was moving from the West to the South which meant my favorite photographer and mentor, Brooke Snow, would no longer be up the road!  :::Weeping:::  I snagged her on a Saturday morning to capture my little family in all our loveliness!

I learned some great things being the client this time around!

#1: Clothing matter less than I thought.  Mark Megan Michael_0051

I have experienced it.  The mad dash the morning of the session, making sure every wrinkle and collar was ready to for the big shoot!  This time I approached it differently.  This year I dressed everyone in what they feel best in.  Miss M loves all things purple, D is all-boy and loves to flip his suspenders, and Dr. G’s eyes never look bluer than in this shirt.  I did not have a Pinterest board as my inspiration.  I did not choose a color palette.  Heck, I didn’t even open the “What to Wear” PDF that I send to my clients.  Personalities were my inspiration.  I glance at these photos and realize how much I am drawn to faces, connection, and emotion – rather than clothing.  No regrets here!

#2: Couples need to be photographed, YEARS after they have been married.  Mark Megan Michael_0050

I have had the total joy of photographing couples that are about to be married, just got married, or who are seasoned by life couples!  There is beauty in fresh love, honeymoon love, and weathered loyal love.  It all deserves to be celebrated!  Dr. G and I celebrated 8 years of marriage this year, and boy do I feel like we have more connection, love, and loyalty than we did 8 years ago!  I have been tempted on many occasions to change my business model to one of photographing couples ONLY.  That is an idea I will need to explore.  Be bold and ask your photographer to take pictures of you and your significant other as part of your shoot!

#3: Waiting is a BAD idea. Period.

This topic has been talked about a lot.  Photographers tend to be behind the camera and we miss chances to be seen in photographs with those we love.  There is no shortage of motivation out there to step in front of the camera on blogs/forums.  But, there are secondary reasons that we may not get photos taken, which brings us closer in mindset to our clients.   Appearance.  Truthfully due to a challenging year of launching a new business, living apart from my sweetheart for six months, moving across the country, and daily-stress my body is not at its’ best.  I have my own sad moments at looking at the toll the last year has taken on me being at my healthiest.  I am making progress (present tense!), but I couldn’t say NO to photos with Brooke in the land I called home for 30+ years just because my jeans feel a little tight.  Don’t wait.  Mark Megan Michael_0052
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Clothing matters less than I thought.

Couples need to be photographed

Waiting is bad. Period.

It seems to me that with the stress of picking clothes out of the way, a chance to squeeze your significant other, and dismissing all excuses of waiting to be photographed – that you have a session to book!

P.S. I have total faith that the south has fabulous photographers, and the hunt is ON for my new local favorite!

P.P.S. Brooke is now on a fabulous new adventure inspiring thousands with her series of podcasts and courses at Every Branch.



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Sarah Grace Allred

Sarah Grace Allred

Mentoring flourishing photographers makes her heart sing, as well as collecting vintage Little Peoples, and devouring all things Drum Corp (check out www.dci.org and watch her inner-geek emerge!). Sarah believes in holding no secrets back when teaching and that photographs can truly change the spirit of your home sweet home.

Sarah Grace lives in Louisiana with her husband, loves-to-ride-the-bus-Kindergartener, and scrambled eggs lovin’ baby boy.
Sarah Grace Allred