when you don't have the best day…

Mary Dougherty

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When kids are kids, which is usually the case, it means that taking pictures rarely go as you have planned. Well, I guess I should rephrase because that all depends on if you have a plan. I know there are the exceptions – which can be a piece of cake to work with – but if your kids won’t stop and sit, won’t be close to their brother(s)/sister(s), if they want to play and get their clothes dirty your idea of the perfect photo session may be out the window. Luckily the photo session is not over for me and that’s largely due to the fact that I take a different approach.

So what kind of tricks do I have up my sleeve – someone without kids of her own – that I could possibly rival those of experienced moms? Sadly, I have no revelations to share with you, my only “trick” is to let kids be themselves, having fun and playing to capture them actually happy. Crazy, right? Being at home and in a familiar place will make children comfortable to begin with, and from there you can always do interesting things in and outside of the house. Maybe it’s not something you would have thought of, but that’s what I’m here for. There’s time for breaks, time for snacks, and always something new to try which makes it so much more successful than “department store photography.”

The photos in this post were actually shot during one of those typical scenarios and the children weren’t having their best day and, I won’t lie – it was difficult. Rather than capture nothing, I think something good came out of the limited time we had, but I’ll let you be the judge.

It always helps when there’s some real fun in the end i.e. playing in a kiddie pool with your clothes still on!

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