So imagine this… you are scrolling through social media and you come across the most beautiful natural family portrait of your best friend. She looks incredible. Her hair and make-up are flawless and you can't believe she has 3 kids. Just getting them dressed and out of the house on a regular day is hard. The picture speaks to you, you want this for yourself but… you just have a little more weight to lose, a few more months on diet and at the gym will do the trick. Or… maybe you feel too self-conscious, your roots are showing or life is simply just too busy. Sadly enough, if you do not slow down and make time for this right now, it most likely won't ever happen. There will always be another excuse.
SO here is every reason I can think of as to why you should just get family photos now.
- “Life is too busy”
One of my favorite quotes is this… “never get so busy making a living that you forget to make a life.” Use this as a sign that what you actually need right now is to stop and slow down. Remember what your most important values are and refocus your goals. There is no better way to do this than to spend quality time together at a photo shoot. No phones, just good old laughter, and games. A family photoshoot in Sydney is the perfect way to schedule quality time together with your family. Even better, once you print the photos and display them on your walls they will be a constant reminder of what matters most to you in life and will always be there reminding you to slow down.
- “I need to lose weight first”
Whilst working on your health and fitness is important, there is no better time than right now. Celebrate yourself for who you are right now. These photos aren’t there to be perfect (what is perfection? – is it even realistic?). These family photos are there to celebrate so much more than what you can see. They are celebrating the love, connection, and deep bonds that you share. They aren’t about achieving perfection, but rather, having the power to transport you back to that feeling of happiness, joy, love, and security. That is so much more powerful than the perfect body.
- “I hate having my photo taken”
I hear it all the time, particularly from dads who have had a bad experience at a photo shoot. They posed and smiled for the camera. The kids have run wild and it was so stressful trying to get them to cooperate and just smile. Well…. I am about to blow your mind. But… photoshoots should not be any of those things. At Daniella Photography beach family photos of Sydney or family portraits of Sydney at a park are relaxed and natural. There is no posing or smiling. No priming your kids to say cheese and look into the camera. Rather, you are going to do what you do best. Chase them, tickle them, whisper special little secrets to each other, or throw them in the air. The best moments are those that are caught off guard. Authentic and real. You will love every minute of the photoshoot and will leave feeling connected with the people who matter most to you.
My favorite moment in every family photoshoot is when I take the photo of just the husband and wife without their kids. When was the last time you slowed down enough to just stare into each other's eyes? Or just kiss, because you know, you love each other. Your relationship deserves these photos as much as the family photos with the kids.
- “I am not photogenic. I hate every photo I am in”
This is exactly why you are coming to a professional. Someone who knows how to work with light and guides you to stand in the most flattering of poses. A professional family photographer should know exactly how to pose you so that when you see the photos you love what you see. A good photographer understands that everyone is unique and beautiful and will know how to bring out that beauty through styling, lighting, and posing.
I hope this is enough to convince you that “There’s no time like the present. No better day than today, or no righter time than right now.” Richard Branson. Your family deserves to be celebrated right now. Not next year or the following. Here and now, this age, this stage, and this space. Don’t put it off because before you know it your children will be grown and you will regret not taking the time to be present at this moment, this year.
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