You’re busy as heck, but you have to get family photos before your 3-year-old grows another foot! You’re worried about everyone looking good. You’re stressed that your kids are going to zoom around like tiny Tasmanian Devils and there’s NO WAY anyone could capture your family in a moment of calm and joy.
Not trying to overwhelm, I just want you to know I hear you. Your concerns are legit. Your stress is valid.
But (humble brag coming) this isn’t my first family rodeo. 14 years of experience, plus 2 terrors of my own (beautiful, lovely terrors). I’m a kid whisperer, a mom soother, a dad diplomat.
In short, I got you.
And I will photograph the family that you know. The family that laughs, cries, struggles with snot all over and loves each other deeply and unconditionally.
I love Chicago and all its vibrancy (though we might have to do something about the winters). As a city mom raising city kids I’ve always been on the lookout for great places to hang out while secretly scouting for the best places to shoot.
Looking for a spot under the El for a gritty graffiti senior photo shoot? Want a secret park tucked away from the crowds? I’ve got this city mapped out.
Hey, I’m not above some bathroom humor if it’s going to bring out the best in your kiddos.
I’ll go there. In fact, I’ll go just about anywhere to get on your family’s level and capture you as you truly are.
This could mean help with posing (easy, natural, non-generic posing).
Or a walk on the wild side with your children to capture them in their element.
But mostly it means putting you at ease until I’m practically part of the family. This is how I grab those moments where you look like you and that enormous love you have for each other is contained in a single image (more like dozens of those timeless stories 😉 ).
Is Dispatch cool? I don’t care! I love the song “Only the Wild Ones” and those lyrics above.
You have your whole amazing life ahead of you at this moment. You can do anything, discover everything, go anywhere.
Sorry, but the mom in me gets a little over-excited (though I’m reigning in the tears, all right!) over the journey you’re heading off toward.
This moment in time deserves to be commemorated and remembered. Let’s preserve the “you” you’ve worked so hard to become as you go out to change the world.
But together we can prevent time thievery! An hour or two, a fantastic photographer (yes, I’m talking about myself), and your family just being their wild selves. Don’t let these moments go without a fight (or a hug or a big sloppy toddler kiss)!