It wasn't until years after my senior pictures were done and right up until the time that we were all lined up for my wedding that I realized that my family and I (neither Mom or Dad's side) had a family picture taken. Ever. My mom, who at the time was working overnights and was unable to make it, wasn't at my senior pictures. I went by myself. And that's ok. Moms work. But, had I had the opportunity to take her, I would have made her take a picture with me.
Why? Because at that time we had so few pictures together. And then I went away to college. And then I moved six hours away. And then 3 years passed and we finally got one together at my wedding. As a mom now, I understand that, sometimes, messy buns are just where it's at. That yoga pants are what we dream about after a long day of working. That, as a photographer, I am often the one taking pictures and don't take enough with me in them.
But that's why I am asking you to jump in. Jump in on their sessions and take one with them. They may grumble. They may say you're taking time. Or maybe they will be completely giddy and so excited to have an updated picture with Mom (or Dad!). But the importance of it is everlasting. They will never be a senior again. This could be your tiniest baby who weighed 6 pounds 9 ounces yesterday and now next summer they are going off to college. You blinked. They grew. Jump in.
I understand that during our sessions together, we are TREKKING through the South Dakota wilderness, that you've just gotten off work, that you don't have the energy to necessarily be picture ready. You may hate the way you look in photos or you've be waiting to lose that 10 pounds. Don't wait. It's so worth it to your seniors and to yourself to have an updated picture together or with the whole family.
Hope you enjoyed this week's little tidbit of wisdom that I've encountered over the years!
Until next week. And by next week...I mean like Sunday.