When I first had the idea of doing A Day in the Life photography, family documentary photography, I approached some friends and previous customers to see if they would like to be my guinea pigs for this new style of family photography.
The responses I received were surprising to say the least.
Instead of people falling over themselves to have a free or very cheap photoshoot most actually said no or didn’t get back to me. This left me flummoxed. After a bit of probing I found from their responses that I had a bit of a challenge on my hands. One that I would have to face when I started to promote this style of family photography. That of women’s insecurity about their self image. ALL the negative responses I received were because of one or two issues with their image… they needed to lose weight… they needed to get rid of their pregnancy fat… they hated getting their pictures taken… they didn’t feel confident enough… they take awful photos. And so on.
Obviously these issues don’t apply to all women, some will happily lounge around in filtered selfie-land all day, but many women feel very uncomfortable in front of the camera, myself included actually! So it is easy to see how the thought of somebody coming to your home and photographing REAL life has many women breaking out in a sweat.
Its important at this point to say that this style of photography is not a warts and all photo session. I aim to use the most flattering light, I only choose the best pictures and I process them to show people at their best, but I do draw the line and Instagram style filters 🙂
When your children are parents and showing these pictures to their children they wont be cursing because their parents didn’t bother to lose half a stone (insert your own insecurity here…). No, they’ll be so proud to show these pictures of how their life looked all those years ago. They’ll be looking at the beautiful way their mum looked at them, how mum looked when she laughed and how much love shone from mum’s eyes when she looked at them. These photos will bring a smile to their face, a tear to their eye and make them feel all warm and fuzzy inside. And they’re going to be SO thankful you booked a Day in the Life session with me instead of a standard family portrait session somewhere else 🙂