While moms are often the ones scheduling and planning family photography sessions, I think its’ important to identify that dads are also participants in the process and also value capturing memories with their children. I wanted to dive into this more, so I asked one of my long-time clients if he would be willing to answer some questions about what our sessions have meant to him…and if he thinks the investment has been worth it!
For us, it wasn’t so much about the cost, but I was worried about how my son would act during the session and the stress that might cause, as well as how I would look. Kara also drove most of the decisions around clothing and made sure I went shopping for clothes for the session, which was something I wasn’t crazy about doing. Those shopping trips and attention to the clothes picked were aided by you (Hannah) and the styling guide offered by Little Bug, so that was a big help.
The session was far more comfortable for me than I thought it would be. What I liked is that you did provide some encouragement to try things for the photo shoot (swing the child, lift the child, etc.), but it never felt forced or required. If one of us wanted to do something different, we went with it. My favorite part was throwing my son in the air. I can’t do that anymore due to how big he is, and to have that memory captured, for both me and my son (for when he is old enough to embrace it) means the world to me.
I cried. I didn’t realize how much seeing the slideshow would affect me. I honestly thought my wife would get more out of it than I did. But I loved every second of it. It made me see things about being a father that I either take for granted, or outright don’t think about enough, or in some cases, at all. I also think the slideshow captured how our family cares for each other.
Had we not done the session, I’m certain I would have regretted it later and likely chastised myself for my family not having those memories captured.
There is no question. After they’ve been displayed, I have a much deeper appreciation for the investment. I realized recently that I see the photos every single day and I never think about how I look in them. I only see the family that we have and how much love and fun was captured.