Here you are sitting down to finally print your pictures from this past year. Initially, you felt excited to frame or make an album from all of the moments you captured, but pretty quickly you felt overwhelmed with the process and underwhelmed with the quality of those iPhone pictures. You decide to spend a few precious minutes to print one for your wall. The rest? They end up on Facebook or saved to your computer.
Why is it that we spend the least amount of time on something that means so much to us? If I can take a guess, it's because making those memories is more important. Therefore taking pictures and printing becomes an afterthought.
Making photography and printing is hard work, even for me. Hiring a professional is an investment in your life's memories. But it is not something everyone tends to save for or remember to do. We all have cameras, so we feel as if we have all the pictures we need. When we do get pictures taken, they tend to be posed portraits and those real life moments are documented in a lower quality camera, or not at all. Personally, I’m more inspired by those daily “ordinary” events in our life that we reminisce about. I’ve been so happy that I have taken the time to document my own life in this way and I find those posed family pictures are important, but not what makes my heart melt.
I’ve been aiming to add family sessions for a while now but I held back because it just didn’t make me excited to think of shooting posed pictures. The decision to focus my family sessions to the raw, unscripted nature of everyday life has sparked that photography excitement that I feel when I shoot weddings. I’m so excited to be finally offering these and so anxious to get you in front of my camera!
To kick off my addition of lifestyle sessions, I am choosing 3 families to document for free! Yes, free! The benefit for me is a larger portfolio of work to showcase. The benefit for you is the opportunity to have a professional lifestyle session. The 2 hour session time, a gallery to view/share/download and your choice of a discounted print option is included. (a $600 value)
What is a lifestyle session?
It's pretty straightforward, really. It's an unscripted documentation of your life with those you love most. You may have a group of close friends that get together only once a year. You may have just adopted a puppy, or a child. You may be bringing home a 3 day old newborn. Maybe you have a very large, loud Sunday family dinner. You get the point. It’s your life and the session documents what means the most to you. In your session your "everyday" life will be documented and you will eventually realize those "everyday" moments are what you cherish most.
To have a chance to be chosen follow the steps below!
1) "Like" my Facebook page. (Not on Facebook? Share on Instagram and tag me: missyschrenkerphoto)
2) Post a brief explanation of why you would like to be chosen and what you hope to have documented. (If you rather share privately, email me.)
3) Share this opportunity with your friends using this image below and tag me.
You have until February 15th to "enter". I will choose the three session recipients on March 1st. From there, we will choose a session date that must be used in the 2016 calendar year.
I look forward to reading your entries and working with your families in the years to come!