In 2013, I splurged on professional photos. For my son’s first two years of life, we had done the store photography packages. By his second birthday, he just wasn’t having any of the nonsense from photographers at Picture People. (They were super nice, but he doesn’t do well being photographed in a small space.) So in the fall of 2013, I called on my friend Lindsay Mackey to take our family photos. (3 of the 4 photos on the front of our card were taken by Lindsay.)
I knew she took amazing pictures and I wanted something more natural – and I knew that the money I spent would be well worth it.
I was so happy that over the summer I booked her again – earlier – for our family photos. I decided to use this time to also take individual photos of our son, instead of dragging him into the mall for his 3-year portraits.
My son was still a struggle to photograph. He just is. But she managed to come up with several really impressive – and canvas-worthy – photos.
With Lindsay, I get:
1. All of the photos on a disc. I can print what I want in the sizes I want, and I don’t have to decide on the photos with a child wrapped around my legs.
2. An hour (sometimes more) of time. Lindsay follows my son’s cues. She doesn’t rush him through 15 minutes of photos so she can get the next customer.
3. A more natural setting. The first year, we shot in fields and on the grounds surrounding the Biltmore Estate. This past fall, we ventured out to a field at Warren Wilson College. Who knows where we’ll end up this October?
I was so pleased that I’ve already booked her for next fall. I’m a little ambitious, but I don’t want to lose out (and she’s a busy mom of two boys. I know how life can be!)
And just to save on arguments, let’s refer to Lindsay as a lifestyle photographer. She photographs my family in a natural setting and captures moments that aren’t forced. (The photo above is not forced at all. My kid loves being upside down.)
We do family photos each year to preserve memories. I use a (lifestyle) photographer so I don’t have to stress so much about setting up my own camera and timer – and so we can all be relaxed for the photos. I love being outdoors for our photos because you can’t beat the backgrounds!
I used to spend almost $100 – occasionally more – per session at a mall photo shoot. And some of the photos weren’t great. I have a picture of my son around his second birthday holding a basketball. He has no interest in basketball and it’s the most random shot. I no longer take our son to the mall every few months for an insufferable photo session.
Do you have family photos taken each year? We started a few weeks after our son was born. I’m glad we’ve kept it up so I can see the changes each year!
*Lindsay has no idea I’m blogging about her. These are my honest opinions and if you have amazing experiences at a photographer in a store, then I’m SUPER happy for you! You are one of the fortunate families!