Portraits. Ugh. I have such a love hate relationship with them. But every picture has a story, right? And this set certainly has THAT. I try to take boring portraits of my kids for family purposes every year. Last year I failed, so I took them in the spring. I like the fall though, so about a month ago, I wanted to catch the colors before they were gone. I wanted my kids to look like they own nice clothes and their hair has seen a comb more than once a week. But, my kids? Meh. My son, a typical teenager, doesn't own jeans or khakis, and wears athletic pants and a hat almost daily. My girl, she will wear a fancy dress on a random Tuesday, and then sweats and a stained shirt the next day. And since portraits are really meaningless to me, I get super grumpy and just want everything to be easy and done. It just doesn't go like that though. Instead, we had a fight in the middle of Walmart over pants my son would never wear, and I threw my own kind of fit right before we walked out and traveled home in silence, instead of going to the park for pictures. Blech. After a silent hour lunch, I came back to earth and got some clarity on what exactly we were struggling with. I decided my kids should wear something they were comfortable in without holes or stains and grabbed my camera. If they turned out terrible, we could try again. And they were fine. I mean, I could sit and point out everything about them that isn't perfect, but really, why? The things that stand out as imperfections are a kind of cool piece of who my people are.
There's a lovely, enormous downed tree at our local Rec Plex and my kids started counting the rings. Then they wanted to climb and jump, which I felt they certainly deserved after all the junk I had just put them through, so I told them to go for it, and I just shot.
When I see the second set, I catch my breath and I think, OH, my kids! They are so grown and sweet and loving life. I remember this sweet time in the park that felt so carefree and calm and like time had slowed down, if only for this brief few minutes. Plus, that light behind my girl gave me allll the feels.
This is where my heart is. Those portraits just made things bitter and robbed us of some of this goodness. And I don't know about you, but I sure could use more goodness in my life.
Until Next Time,