Sometimes it's not the "best" photograph that means the most. Yesterday I spent a wonderful afternoon enjoying a great toddler play date session. While putting together the photographs afterwards I slipped a few extras in. Not perfect photographs, although we had our fair share of those, but simple things they might have taken themselves. Turned out these were some of their favorites. As a photographer it's easy to get caught up in what you think is important but sometimes it's important to take a giant step back and remember yes, this is our work... this is a piece of me but it is also a piece of them. Their memories are what we capture... Don't limit them to perfection.
They loved snarly face... Their daughter is an angel and we got some beautiful smiles but this was one of their favorites and I came very very close to not including it.
To me the background here was the problem but to them it's a sweet photograph they adore. Sometimes there isn't time to go to the best location in town. Work with it. Look for emotion. This is their neighborhood park. They walk here often and when she is all grown up she'll have photographs in her park instead of a perfect location that she only visited once.
As a photographer this last image is way to much of a simple snapshot and isn't something I'd always include but their new puppy moves so fast they don't really have any pictures of her. Now that I know that we'll make sure to take really great photographs of her next time but they were really happy to have a silly photograph of her they could show family up north today.