It’s not a requirement to have a sense of humor in order to make it through parenting, but it sure does help. A lot. If you can’t laugh something off, then you’re going to have a lot more bad days than good days, in my
experienced opinion. I wish I had learned to laugh it off a little more when my kids were little. This mommy and daddy did an awesome job making it through our session. Let me tell you how it went- first of all mom showed up with the two boys and they all looked AWESOME. She had styled them so perfectly, and HER outfit- I LOVED IT! She had told me that she had really been looking forward to our session. She also told me that they had been through a pretty rough day, including car trouble among other hectic things. Dad was running behind, but we were going to get started with the boys first and he would be there soon. Big brother was all about getting his photo taken (for the first three minutes anyway). Although he was extremely well behaved through the session, he is still only 4 years old… which means that his tolerance for sitting and/or smiling and for following continuous instruction is not quite developed yet. However, being super articulate, he continued to ask “Are we all finished now?”. A few more shots and… “Are we all finished now?” Little brother was, as you will see looking dapper in his bowtie. However, he did not wear that bowtie because he was wanting
to get portraits done. Nope this was not his idea of a good time- and after all, sometimes life sucks if you can’t have your pacifier. Right? Crying, with tears,
mind you. Older brother chiming, “Are we all finished NOW?”. Now dad arrives and gets to be a part of our circus act. Even though I pay no attention to the people around us, as I’m in the Zone, I’m SURE that they aren’t able to ignore us. We may be causing quite a scene (sprawled out across the sidewalk) About ten minutes pass, more of the same, and mom and dad are laughing- so am I. It really does feel silly and borderline completely pointless, but I’m pretty sure we’ve gotten one or two good shots, so I’m feeling a little encouraged. “Are we finished now?” We all look at big brother. And mom turns to me and says “Do you think we got enough good ones?”. Mind you we are 25 min into a full session (1.5 hours, usually). I chuckled. We kept shooting.
Mom and dad NEVER once got angry or visibly frustrated with their boys. They just encouraged them and laughed their way through it. I could tell they really wanted good photos, but they weren’t about to let this be something that was any less than a positive experience. That was inspiring to me.
In the end, I, for one, am happy with what we got. And I’m pretty sure they are too. <3 Family love: