Most moms I know have paid someone at one time or another to take their child’s photo. Usually a professional, but sometimes just a friend who knows what they’re doing with an expensive camera. Me? I’ve never hired someone to take my daughter’s photo. I’ve never even asked someone to take her photo. I do all the photo-taking ’round these parts.
And here’s the thing… I really dig that. Even though a family member recently told me I would regret not having a “professional family photo” taken. We actually had a good-natured (kind of) argument about it.
But I think there’s something special about me capturing all the moments, not some stranger waving a rattle around maniacally to get my kid to laugh. Additionally, I’m just not a fan of naked babies perched in the palms of parents in front of a black velvet curtain, or fancy couches dropped in orchards whilst a family wearing matching outfits frolicks in the leaves. Hey, if that’s your thing that’s totally cool but I cannot imagine hanging a photo of our family dressed in matching outfits, holding hands while walking on train tracks or whatever.
I prefer photos of people in action doing what people do. Not people pretending to be in action a la train track walking or leaf playing. I just like to capture life moments.
That said, I rounded up bunch of my favorite portrait-type photos of Violet in action, just to prove to you (and that one family member) that you don’t need to pay someone a crapload of money to properly document your little one throughout their various phases. In fact, I’d argue these kinds of photos showcase their adorable little personalities a lot more than staged photo shoots do. Not only that, but with the ease of point and shoots and the advent of user-friendly photo-shop programs, you can do it as good as the pros from the comfort of your own home.
Anyway, I’ve been wanting to compile a timeline of photos from Violet’s birth to now and this was the perfect excuse. It’s really cool to see how much kids change from birth to just two years old. It’s only been two years and the transformation is astounding. It’s weird, when they’re babies you wonder what they’re going to look like, but when they’re toddlers you’re like, of course that’s what they look like! Does that make sense?
So, what do you think? Was my well-meaning family member right? Do I need professional photos? It’s a lot of photos, so you don’t have to click on them all. I know some folks who would rather cut their eyeball with a razor blade than look at photos of other people’s children. But click on a few and you’ll get the gist. Am I going to regret never hiring a pro, or do you think I have it covered?
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