I’ve always loved photographing families but over the past year working with Jamie we’ve talked a lot about what kind of families we want to work with- and what kind of photos we want to take for those families. We both came to the conclusion that perfectly posed family portraiture in the park just doesn’t inspire us. Of course we understand wanting that shot where everyone is looking at the camera and smiling but we also want to photograph all the other stuff- the good stuff. The bumps and bruises after falling off the bike, the hug from our little brother, the smile once the pain has dissipated. Cause really that’s what life is all about, right? Connection with the people we love and those who love us. The every day ups and downs and being there for each other. 

Let’s change the way we think about family photography- let’s capture the REAL. Because there is so much more to life than the forced family photo that no one really wants to participate in. Let’s make silly faces and sounds and never ever say “cheese.”

Check out Outdoor Mama’s lovely write up about her family adventure session this fall at the Eagle Bike Park and follow her blog. This is the kind of stuff I want to be a part of, document and experience. Connecting with real families, doing real things and all the tears, laughter and dust that come with it. 

Let’s go on an adventure, 

Paige