Today, I had the pleasure of doing a family photography session. This session, was a bit different from the others I have done in the past. It included a beautiful woman named Kayla, her 5 year-old-daughter, her three month old son, her fiancee, and her ex-boyfriend. Yes, her ex-boyfriend who is the father of her 5 year old daughter.
I wasn’t baffled when she messaged me over the weekend to tell me her situation, and the photo session she was trying to get. It wasn’t your usual family session, but it was important to her, therefore it was important to me to make this work. Let me tell you, it was one of the most fun and lighthearted sessions I have had the pleasure to book! Everyone was friendly and happy to be there, with each other. All three adults helped to keep the two children happy-which can be quite the task on a windy day in Idaho-and everyone was flexible with the different pictures that we were on a mission to capture.
After the session, I talked to Kayla and she said she had been getting weird looks all week with her ex visiting. It was discouraging to her because there are a lot of families that aren’t bond by marriage, but by friendship and love for the children involved. Her ex could make so few trips to visit, and she said that she tries to get pictures of her, her daughter, and her ex each time he was in town because they were her family-even if they weren’t a family together. And that my friends, is why this session was important to me: no family is the same. I want to showcase every family I get to work with to show what makes them special and unique. That is why I love photography. I want to show who you are.
*For privacy reasons, all other names of the family members are intentionally left out of the post.