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People think that since you are a photographer, you MUST have brilliant images of your own kids. Right? Ha ha ha! Well, perhaps that is the case with some, but let me tell you, I have found it challenging to get the images of my kids from my brain onto an actual print.

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For one thing, you parents understand this, your own children never listen and respond to you as their parent the same way they do to someone who is basically a stranger. It’s a sad, sorry trick, but it’s very true. I can get adorable smiles and looks from other children, by simply talking to them, making noises, or asking questions. When it comes to getting portraits of my own kids, I might as well be speaking to a brick wall. 🙂

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Yet, I admit that my children are the reason I am a photographer today. I wanted good photos to document their all too fleeting growing up years. I was frustrated with the cookie-cutter studios who missed SO many great moments and expressions then tried to sell us on images that did not reflect who/how our child was at that time.

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So I got a good camera and started on my journey to learn how to REALLY be a photographer. And even though I still have a hard time getting them to all look where I want them too at the same time, I love the images I have of my kids. It’s the real them!

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Someday when I look back on these somewhat candid portraits of my children I will remember them just as they are right now. Each of them has such a unique personality that can’t be captured in a box studio, but that I now have images to remember these moments by.

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I love that!