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Fall Family Photos | Hempstead Lake State Park

First of all, let me tell mom what a great job she did dressing these two!  I love the color combos and how she managed to coordinate them without being too “matchy”.  Great job mom!  Sometimes moms are reluctant to book family portraits because they have a kid who they feel will not cooperate, or in other words, will not smile for the camera. That’s ok!  I have two responses to this concern:

Personally, I often love non-smiley photos better anyway.  In fact, the non-existent smile can give the image more of a high end look and evoke a deeper emotional reaction than a forced one.  So, there is that..The other thing is that this is who your child is at this moment.  Even though you have your sights set on a perfect artistic photograph, it might actually be more meaningful to have an image that reflects who your child is right now, today.  In fact, I have a little story about this very thing.  My mom was pretty good about yearly family photos.  One year, I must have been about thirteen, I got ready for our family portrait.  This was a big one because we where going to Olan Mills instead of JC Penny like all the other years (LOL, anyone else remember Olan Mills?!).  I come downstairs and my mom says “Aren’t you going to do your hair?”  Well… my hair was “done” and this upset me deeply, mostly because I was thirteen and it didn’t take much to upset me.  We get to the studio and I cannot for the life of me put a smile on my face.  Sure enough, I look very angry in all the photos.  My mom, of course, bought them anyway.  25 years later, that photo is still up on my mom’s wall and I laugh every time I see it.

Now, these good looking kids do not have that problem.  He may not of given a ton of big ole’ smiles but he sure did give good faces, and best of all, they are AUTHENTIC! I believe in telling your family’s story, not the story of a cookie-cutter magazine photo (though I sure believe any of these could be in a magazine!).

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