I’ll be honest.
As a photographer it’s really hard for me to post photos that I’m not 100% happy with. Photos that may not be in focus, photos where the lighting is perfect, photos with too much grain. Maybe one child looks perfect, happy, in focus, but the other was mid blink or mid smile. In a photo session for a client I would spend hours perfecting the photo, doing a potential face swap to present the perfect photo to my client. But that isn’t real life.
Photos of my family I’m not going to spend hours editing to make it perfect, I’ve let go of that.
I want to start capturing Real Life.
Real Life is blurry, its out of focus.
But those are the moments I want to remember. I don’t need a million posed photos. A few family sessions along the way are great to capture the changes in the family.
But I want the giggles, the blurry jumping on the bed photos. If I took my time to adjust my settings for every picture, every change in scenery, I would miss those moments.
My blog’s name is A Mom Inspired. My reasoning is that I am inspired by life. So why would I not want to capture LIFE? As it happens, in it’s most real and raw form.
I find especially as a blogger I find myself asking “would a brand want to work with me after seeing this image?”. Sometimes the answer may be no. I think many brands want the look of clean and consistent. Yes, its nicer to look at. Here’s the thing though, I am a mom. That is who I am in real life. I want to stay relatable to my readers. Are pristine white kitchens with light bright windows in them that perfectly showcases your vegan, gluten free muffins aesthetically pleasing? Yes, I’d love to come sit in that bright clean space and chow down with you. But that is not my life. Today for example, we were out of paper towels and I had jelly smeared on my counter for a good two hours before I was able to get to it with a sponge and cloth. Most of the time, theres a stack of mail on the counter somewhere and a pile of crayons, pencils, etc that my son found and had taken away after displaying his artwork proudly on the walls.
But y’all, I’m real. What you see is what you get. And I want to see the photos that are less than perfect, that I can tie to a memory. Not forcing my kids to both smile at the same time, bribing them with m&m’s or threatening to take away iPad time.
So, I’ve decided to stop trying to achieve perfect in our every day photos. Why? Because in my mind this life of ours is perfect and every bit worth capturing. Sticky jelly counters, unmade beds and all.
So I encourage you all, stop trying to portray perfect, you’re perfect the way you are.