Have you ever heard of a “P.K.?” Where I grew up, several of my school friends would refer to themselves as a P.K. (Pastor’s Kid.) Think: Footloose. Anyway, I was thinking about it the other day and I think the current generation will have a new definition for the term. “Photographer’s Kid!”
I was talking with a photographer-friend the other day about how our kids are used to getting their photos taken. Her children often fall into their “pose”, standing beside each other, when they go places that they want to document or for special occasions. They aren’t strangers to the camera, and they know what will make their momma (the photographer) happy! Well, my kids are kind of the opposite. This is what I consider “Photographer’s Kids.” They get into the studio and they run in circles, they see what props they can attack, they hide behind backgrounds… you name it, they’ve probably done it! I always get a good laugh when clients bring their children to the studio and apologize when their behavior isn’t perfect. (If only they knew how normal they are!) I try to reassure them that, really, it’s ok! I’ve seen it all, from my own kids! There’s just an exciting energy about the photography studio that makes it hard to sit and quietly listen. Oh, and you know, that whole I’m-just-a-child thing. (By the way, my kids aren’t horrible, they really do just get so excited to spend time in the studio, since that’s Momma’s work space.)
When it’s my children’s turn to get their formal portraits taken, I often end up frustrated. (I know, a surgeon should never operate on her children, right?!) So I bet you could understand how excited I get when my kids actually sit, look at the camera, and smile! And mean it!! If I actually like the image on top of that, I’m a pretty happy girl. Although, I do wear my mommy goggles, so I’m pretty sure there aren’t any photos of my babies that I don’t think are beautiful!
Our last portrait session with my kids was very spur of the moment. We just decided to play around a bit and we got some cute images. After that, I read a study about how children’s self-worth goes up or down, depending on if their family portraits are hanging in their home. I hate to admit that I fall into another “bad habit of good photographers”, not keeping updated portraits hanging as much as we should. I decided that this particular session was perfect for their bedrooms and I let my kids-even at a toddler age- pick their own pictures for their rooms. My heart about melted when each of them choose the photo of them kissing the other on the head! So sweet! The excitement that they had about hanging these new printed photos on their walls was so amazing, that I’ve decided to let them print new images whenever we have a shoot. (Like a lot of families, we have a TON of pictures taken, but many never make it to a photo frame.) Time to make a change!
If you don’t have up-to-date portraits of your family hanging in your home, consider that the investment is more than just a print. You’re investing in your child!
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