When I write a session post, I write it with the intent of sharing. I want to give you great ideas for adventurous sessions of your own. I want you to see that we have a blast together. In this case, I also want to show you that I could not have asked for a better morning for sledding. And also that grandmas make some seriously cute hats.
But here's what I really want to tell you. A little behind the scenes, if you will. Here's the raw feelings that I'm tempted to smooth over for the sake of writing professionally. Because who am I kidding?
Before the session I'm nervous. Really nervous. FULL of butterflies. I spend the entire drive to meet you talking to myself in my truck (yes, I really do that) about who you are and what's important to your family (all things I know from a questionnaire or pre-session coffee date). I make sure that I am prepared to give every ounce of my energy to capturing the absolute best images I can of you, the ones that will make YOU have all the butterflies when you see them. That's important to me.
And I really do enjoy spending time with you, doing an activity together (yes I went sledding!), and getting to know you. You are super interesting! You always teach me new things, suggest places I've never heard of, make me laugh, and are just great company.
When our time together is over I drive straight home, drop my things at the door, and practically run to my computer with my camera and storage cards. I immediately copy them off and back them up multiple times. My husband barely gets a hello until after this is done, because I can't stomach the thought of anything happening to your photos.
And finally, as I sit down and start to go through all the images from your session, I turn into a twisty ball of emotion. I often have to walk away, jump circles around my house (amidst weird looks by my family), and come back because I literally cannot sit still while looking at them. I'm excited, and anxious, and nervous about pulling them together to share with you. I want you to see how amazing you look together, and how great your family is. I want you to have the same strong feelings about your photos that I do. The feelings I can't seem to handle long enough to edit everything in one sitting.
In short? You, your experience, and your happiness are very, very important to me.
And now I'm going to hit publish and go jump around my house.