As we left the park, me cursing that I hadn’t got the shot I wanted, Arlo and Rory fed up and wining… somewhere in between all the bickering, Sam said “You just don’t even seem to enjoy taking these photos”.
I DO enjoy it. I enjoy it a bit too much. My thoughts are prone to drifting away, scanning for the best place for THE shot, constantly keeping the sun under surveillance like it were my third child. Resisting the urge to direct people, not interrupting to gently coaxing them towards the place or facial expression I am trying to achieve, and then later silently cursing myself that I didn’t direct more.
I am conscious of the fact that other family members don’t like that photography tends to preoccupy mind during family outings. And so, I try to reign it in. I try to do THE photo towards the end so that it doesn’t interfere too much with our outing or lower the mood of the trip right from the start, even though I know that the best time to get a group shot is right at the beginning, when everyone is still in half decent mood.
I enjoy the results of our family photos. A lot. I enjoy the preparation process. But I DONT LIKE that it never goes to plan. The shot is set up perfectly, there is a window of maybe 5 seconds when everyone just about happy enough to want to be in the picture, but some other unforeseen problem occurs (it’s always the technology. ALWAYS) and soon puts an end to that. It all goes downhill. I end up angry at a perfect opportunity missed.
(Perhaps this will be the year that I finally find a successful remote shutter release method that I’m happy with).
And so here’s where I find myself at the start of this year’s Me and Mine project. Wanting to push outside my comfort zone in terms of setting, wanting to try new ideas. But knowing that I can’t get too carried away. There are three other people to consider. Everyone needs to be on board, it’s everyone’s photo project, and MY ideas might not be everyone’s idea of fun.
There is such a fragile balance between capturing a moment, and actually being in that moment, living it. Life can’t always be a photoshoot – and as I write this, I’m pretty sure that’s going to be a prevailing theme in my family portraits this year.
This month, I am inviting you to check out Charlotte’s Me and Mine post. Charlotte and her family are at Center Parcs as we speak, and I believe she is posting remotely as they have taken their family portrait during their trip – can’t wait to see what the Crumby Mummy family have been up to on their holiday!
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