We have a winner!!

Something I love about family photography is the way each session is truly unique. Look at these two families: Same location. Same time of year. Completely different feel.

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Weather always makes a difference, but especially so at this location, since there is essentially no shade. Even when conditions are almost identical, however, the photos are not.  

At first, this lack of control was something I found maddening.

Now I see it as a good thing.

I should note that the photo on the right was taken by their little boy. Maybe that's why I love it so much! (Letting him play photographer was the best way to lure him away from his parents). 

I should note that the photo on the right was taken by their little boy. Maybe that's why I love it so much! (Letting him play photographer was the best way to lure him away from his parents). 

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I'm only half of the equation. Your family's the other. So, yeah, your photos are going to be completely custom! And yeah, things might not go exactly as they did in my head. But it's when I let go of my rigid ideas, and help things become more organic and fun that everyone's happier. And the photos will show this!

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It's true on the other side of the camera as well. It's great to have ideas of what your after, but don't get your heart set on a certain shot. Don't get upset when your kids aren't behaving how you expected (or, maybe I should say, if they are). We can't control everything, but we can control how much fun we have.

So, let's have fun.

Perhaps there's a life lesson here??

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On that note, I'm excited for a session with Rachel Maney. You won the contest! A free session is yours to use or give away. I'll contact you to talk details. Thank you to everyone who participated and showed me support!!