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One of the things I teach in my workshop is allowing your children to be themselves when taking their photo. That the “CHEESE” smile isn’t the image you really need to capture, it’s the one where they are themselves that will capture your heart every time you see the print. (you do print your images, right?!) (neither do I. DANGIT.)

With that, I also talk about how, no matter what, we all still try to get that perfect photo where all children are looking at the camera with perfect smiles and no blinking. (or drool. or messy hair or a finger up someone’s nose.)

Even I, the person who teaches people to let go of the perfect shot, still try for the perfect photo.

Every month, I take a photo of all four of my kids together, in one spot, in a somewhat organized manner. It’s a very rare occasion where they’re all looking at my camera, and I’m realizing that it REALLY is okay. This past Sunday I decided to take photos of my kids – it seemed like a good day, everyone had slept well, we had just eaten breakfast, the sun was shining…

it went very well. It was quick.

When I was going through the photos, I realized that every single shot could be considered an outtake, even the two I loved so desperately. I’ve decided to share the outtakes with you today, and then, at the end, the two images I love so much that I’m brought to tears every time I look at them. Even though, there’s nothing “perfect” about the photo, it’s captured THEM perfectly and I love that so very much.

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Nancy - February 28, 2013 - 10:03 am

These are fantastic. LOVE the outakes! Print some pictures, woman!!

Elena - March 1, 2013 - 6:47 am

Looks like it was a fun shoot! Love all the smiles! These came out great!

Lindsay - March 2, 2013 - 4:30 am

I just had to comment & say that I absolutely love the photo where the 3 bigger kids are all looking at the camera & Clara is laying down in front of them. It’s like a replication of the picture hanging on the wall behind them! :)

Erin - March 5, 2013 - 10:14 am

shoot your oldest is your.twin. Adorable. Love all those pics and what you notice is the light and the sweetness, not the “it wasn’t perfect” part. Can’t believe the baby is that big either :)

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