I’m more than just a little behind on my blogging. Every since just after Thanksgiving life has been a little full. My mom came in town for a long visit through the holidays and she actually just left yesterday. Her visit was twofold as we needed her to help with my dad while Jesse and I took a little respite in Vegas for a few days. We also wanted her here so she could take advantage of spending time with the grandkids and spending the holidays together as a family. Boy I really overestimated my family once again and how “fun” it would actually be.
Is anyone’s family actually fun when the time rolls around to get together? I feel like with my family the idea is always more alluring than the reality. There are fleeting moments of happiness when we are all together but I find that it feels more trying than I had originally envisioned. Perhaps part of the blame is placed on me because I photograph these seemingly perfect moments between all of these families and think that somehow they are less complicated than my own. The realistic side of me knows that no family is perfect but the idealistic side of me is always left wanting more.
I like to live vicariously through my clients and imagine that life is always full of more smiles than frowns. Looking back on the photos I did of the Hamada family leaves me hoping that perhaps the experience was a memorable one and they will be able to look back on it fondly in the future. Truthfully that is my only hope with photographing families. I hope that I create a positive photo experience and that one day they will all look back and laugh and all the stress of whatever happened behind the scenes will evaporate.