Just Us 12 Times is a new challenge I have accepted to capture my family once a month for the rest of the year. I love my first image for this challenge for many reasons. It captures so much of the uniqueness of my four children. You can see Maggie's adoration for family, Morgan's quiet protection of his sisters, Ella's exuberant joy, and Annie's reservation for public displays..
But what I love even more is that it illustrates that you do not need to over plan when taking pictures of your kids. We took this one at a Steak Escape in a strip mall. I didn't tell anyone what to wear that day. It truly was a "come as you are" kind of image, and I love it!
Let's all take some time to relieve some of the stress related to location, wardrobe, hair, and props for children's portraits. Yes, sometimes the perfect hat or a field of flowers can make an image that is wall-worthy, but often it is just letting kids be themselves that makes for the ideal portrait. After all, isn't that what you really want? Don't you just want to remember you kids as they really are?
Please visit Julyssa at Julyssa Schenk Photography to see how she has captured her family this month.