Today is the day, family picture day! It’s funny how big a deal it was for me to get professional pictures when J was first born. My amazing co-workers got me a gift certificate for Three Loves Photography and I couldn’t wait to get pictures of my precious little boo. Fast forward 18-months later and I’m like…o.m.g. Why are the only nice pictures we have hanging of J the ones from his newborn shoot? Life happens. I have plenty of baby selfies and blurry pics of what was a precious moment passing faster than I could capture. But with a new baby on the way I thought now was the best time to capture just us three.
Facebook has been a great way to connect with local people doing what they love, whether its full time or side hustle so I reached out to Samantha Bluemer, who’d shot my friend’s wedding and other girlfriend’s kiddos and away we went. We’ve been booked for today for over a month and I was pumped.
I recently returned from a whirlwind trip overseas (more to come on that in future posts) and have been lagging a bit every night. Home by 7p, dinner by 8p, bed by 9p. I got to sleep in a bit today while C&J did a morning coffee and breakfast run – we have not grocery shopped since we got back so meals have been an adventure. I was feeling pretty rested as we got going for our special day.
We got ourselves dressed in our spiffy new color coordinated, not overly matchy, outfits and away we went for our 11a shoot. Halfway through the ride I looked up to see J passed out in the backseat and thought – well, he’ll be nice and rested for the shoot and then focused on getting there only 5 minutes late.
Sam was fantastic – very patient, sweet and tried everything to get a few smiles out of our little guy. That cat nap in the car didn’t turn out to be a recharge, but rather produced a sleepy, brooding, Dada only little munchkin. After about an hour we packed up as a meltdown started to get underway. Despite our setbacks, I’m excited to see what Sam captured, whether its moody/broody or sweet moments as we tried to coax a smile from Mr. J, it was definitely worth working on. We finished our day with brunch at a local spot and by the time we left J was back to himself, waving and blowing kisses to the waitresses. The pictures will get hung and no doubt there will be plenty of stories to tell about our adventure today.
Lesson learned – even the best laid plans can go sideways so try not to put too much pressure on anything. Go with the flow and you can’t be disappointed.