The Witherspoon Family // Portraits

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This family is wonderful. I really wish you could meet them. I don’t think I stopped smiling for one moment during this whole session. And don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t flawless.  There were tears (little Avery may not be our biggest fan in the world), it was quite chilly out, the sun just didn’t want to make an appearance, and Max the dog was more interested in rolling around in the grass than posing. But that all just made the experience more wonderful. Honest.

You see, I’m developing this theory. We’ve shot a lot of portraits now, and I’m starting to get a sense of what makes a portrait session truly great. And for me, it’s simple: realness.

And yet, we show up, two strangers with big black cameras, and ask to be shown who you really are within the span of 2 hours. That’s not an easy thing to do at any time, let alone with someone you’ve never met in person who is going to be capturing every moment for review later. To be honest, that scares me. What if I look weird? Or my kids don’t behave at all? What if I make an ugly face when I laugh? What if?

And yet, some people just seem to do it. I’m not sure how or why, but it just happens. And on those days I sit back, watch, shoot, and truly enjoy, because I really love watching people interact. I have so much fun watching mom soothe her little one, or the kids chase each other around, even when I’m not even shooting. The entire experience of a portrait session is wonderful for me, not just taking photos.

But then you add in the photos, and isn’t it just magical? That we can watch these incredible folks in front of us just being their amazing selves, and capture that, hopefully, in one frame. It’s not easy, and if you’ve ever seen us shoot you’ll know we take thousands of frames in any one session, in the hopes that we’ll get that one. 

Well, it may not be the most technically perfect image in the world, but Lynette, the gorgeous mom of this family, described the very first image in this post as being completely and utterly them. Their life. In one frame. 

Here it is again:

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Doesn’t that just make you what to know these guys? I sure do. And in that sense, isn’t it really a perfect family portrait?

Lauren :)

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