This Veterans Park Redondo Beach family session really provided a light bulb moment for me.
Before having kids, I gave really great advice when it came to helping frazzled parents though family photography sessions. But I gave that advice strictly as a professional photographer – not being able to relate on the same level as a parent.
Since becoming a parent, the way I approach family sessions has changed dramatically. I mean, the standard advice like how to choose your outfits and tips on making the session less stressful still apply, but now I get it on a much deeper level.
Veterans Park Redondo Beach Family Session
Now I understand how hard it is for parents to find the time, choose the outfits (and proceed to get bodies into said outfits), and then get to a location across town (on time) so you don’t miss the perfect light.
But knowing and empathizing isn’t the most valuable tool I’ve gained since joining the ranks of parenthood with my clients. It’s the letting go of perfection that speaks to me the most.
I find myself being drawn less and less to what I once considered the “perfect” family photos. Now that I’m a mother, I gravitate to the ones that feel real. Give me all the wild hair, chin up giggling faces, and off-the-cuff posing.
I mean, don’t get me wrong – I still appreciate (and aim to get) a good picture of everyone smiling while looking at the camera – but those aren’t the photos that make my heart swell with pride.
Take this Redondo Beach family session for example.
We were able to capture both posed images with everyone looking – but plenty more depicting the raw, unfiltered side of this family of four. The final images are stunning and will serve as an honest representation of what life was like in this season.