Well, it's been a few months since I put my family through the drama, trauma and torture of yet another round of forced family photos...so naturally, it was about time. My amazing (and super patient) friend Jessica of Emma Constance Photography was hosting spring mini sessions at the Jewel Box at Forest Park a few weekends ago, so I signed us up for a 20 minute slot. I figured that even if no one cooperated and everything went wrong, we'd have only wasted 20 minutes of our lives instead of a full hour. Plus, bribery with candy is my go to way to get the kids to pay attention, so the shorter the session, the less harsh the resulting post-session sugar crash. Turns out this was a good call, because 20 minutes was about 18 minutes longer than my children could concentrate or cooperate, so we gave Jessica a lot of extra time to prepare for the next family. Seriously, she snapped all these photos within just a few minutes, in between tantrums and meltdowns and they turned out better than I could have imagined.
Thank you Jessica for making us actually look normal and that we all kinda like each other.
I love them.
Anyone else planning for spring or summer family photos?
What are your tips for getting kids to cooperate?