When Amy called to ask if I had availability on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, I pretty much thought, um no. At that point I had been shooting family sessions since September and was ready for a few days off. I had already scheduled that as my first day off in a long time. When Amy explained why she needed to shoot on Wednesday, I couldn’t refuse. She explained her in-laws were going to be in town, from Wisconsin. She went on to say she wanted to include them in their family session and how her hubby is a great photographer, and he is never in the photos. Being it was his parents coming into town, that was the kicker. I know how it is always being behind the camera. How could I say no? Especially when the daughter in law says how awesome her in laws are. You don’t hear that all the time! She told me how lucky she felt to have such great in laws and how the kids loved them so much. Yup, I would do it!
With three boys under the age of 6, I knew trying to get “perfect” family pics was not going to happen, so I talked to Amy about this. Amy understood. I love the mom’s who understand real life! I basically acted like we were on a playdate and just photographed the family doing family things. Ian is learning the piano, so dad accompanied him on the guitar and grandma sang and played the piano as well. They are all so musically talented! Grandpa and mom kept the little ones entertained with beanie babies, balloons and fun toys. It was a very fun seeing the family interactions. There is something very intimate about coming in and photographing strangers in their home. Seeing three generations sitting around the piano singing touched me. I was so glad I was available for this session, and got to meet a really fantastic family!