It felt so good to get back into my normal mini session pattern after last year’s COVID qualms. I was so delighted to see so many returning SBP clients AND I was so pleased to welcome some new, beautiful people into the SBP family! 💛💛💛
As I was organizing the photos for this post I found myself pulling out the silly, laughing, joyful ones to share with you. Joy seems to have been an unplanned theme in my minis this year. It’s true, that most of my #SBPminis clients have at least one small child in their family… each of them were so unique and all brought their own different personalities and moods to each session. I started feeling the way I do on a wedding day–– stay with me here––
It’s easy to assume that when photographing multiple weddings each year, they will eventually get a little stale and mundane; at least that’s what I expected would happen. Here I am though, 12+ years in to photographing weddings, and I still get a thrill at the challenge of it all. You never know what unexpected, unplanned thing might happen on a wedding day. It’s my job to roll with whatever the day brings and present it all in a beautiful light, to the best of my ability. Whether it’s torrents of rain or a a groomsman not having his suit pants… my clients don’t want to look back at their photos and see everything that went wrong on their big day, they want to see all the beauty that was to be had there. The excitement of rising to the occasion as the photographer gets me every single time. Okay, back to minis…
This year, with so many very young children in the mix, I had to be super flexible and meet each child where they were at. Some were super shy, some wanted nothing to do with having their picture taken, some got almost too silly to focus on the objective of what I was asking them to do. All of that is completely normal for kids and for as many unwilling kiddos, there was a greater-than or equal amount of kids who were so excited for me to take their picture. ☺️ Mini sessions have an extremely short window of time for me to pull those kids out of their shell and/or distract them from the other things on their mind. I have to bring the joy myself if that’s what I’m asking them to give back to me. I felt that exciting feeling rise up in me of meeting each of those unique challenges this year. It was so much fun!
As you scroll through the highlight reel below, I hope you can feel the joy and fun we all had together. Life’s too short to not make and record memories with the ones you love the most. 🖤
At the close of their session, before this beautiful family left, the kids declared that it was time to bestow a group hug on me. Naturally, they were all all-in and we all ended up on the ground. Best. Hug. Ever. My heart was so full, it was an amazing way to end my day. 😁