When a Photographer has her Family Session

You know, life is funny. I originally purchased my DSLR in 2011 because I wanted the everyday, unposed moments of my children. I wasn't keen on the idea of hiring a posed photographer because

ONE, I suck at getting us all dressed nicely and I can't do hair to save my life.

TWO, my kids can be a little unruly at times. Telling them to look at the camera and smile is a sure way to get them to act like wild animals and get me REALLY super extraaaa stressed out.

and THREE, the laid-back everyday routines of our lives are what I value the most and want to preserve to look back on when I'm 80. 

Well, as it turned out, I learned that there's actually a whole photography genre called documentary-style or family photojournalism or some variation of those names which documents your life in it's true form. I'm thrilled to have found this niche of photography. But what I'm even MORE thrilled about is becoming close friends with my neighbor, Candice, who also specializes in family photojournalism. 

So, I want to share with you what it looks like when I book a family session. When I tell you not to stress about matching your outfits or getting your kids to say cheese, I mean it! I didn't wear makeup, my middle did her own hair, my shorts had actually been a little chewed up by our dog.  I even brought my camera since it seldom leaves my side. 

This is us. 

If you're on Oahu and are interested in a laid-back and authentic family session, I can't recommend Candice MacDonnell Photography enough. Visit her site and fall in love.