As a mom of teenagers, I have recently come to the realization that I just don’t get to take enough photos of them any more. Not just official portraits, but any kind of photo. I was moving about 10 years of personal photos onto a new hard drive recently, and saw how many photos I had of them from those early years. The problem is that NOW, they just won’t let me take them, OR will only let take and show “approved” photos, OR they are not with me all the time any more. Back then, I could take photos of anything they were doing, any time, and they loved it! Now, not so much. One is super busy and only lives at home half the time, the middle one is just super busy and good at putting things off (especially cleaning up after himself, but that is a whole different blog post), and the youngest keeps saying no. Just no, mom. Hmmmmm…
It is my goal to change this going forward. Seriously, they will someday be happy for all these photo albums I have made . SO, I had the studio all set up for a client session, and I convinced my son to sit for a few new photos. It was a short session let me tell you. Very impromptu (next time, I will save time for shaving and ironing of shirts! Seriously, kid…sigh…boys…)
He told me during this very short session that I burned them all out on photos when they were kids and that was why he couldn’t act naturally in front of the camera any more…harsh, my son, HARSH! (maybe a little true, I suppose.) They can complain to their therapists someday…”and my mother kept taking pictures of us. All the time. And put them on the walls. It was a horrific childhood, in which she kept celebrating our existence…” See kids, that is just not going to play well for you…I win!
This is my son. My middle child. He is hilarious. Mostly because he has the same sense of humour as me, so H.I.L.A.R.I.O.U.S. to the MAX!
I have child number one booked for a session at the end of April between terms (please, Mother Nature, I need a no-rain day for that or I will be out of luck again!). I am officially putting the toughest customer, child number three, on notice that I WILL have a photo session with her this summer. It WILL happen, or else!
Or else “what”, I have no idea.
Julie Tauro is a Kitchener Waterloo photographer and the owner at Tauro Photography. Tauro Photography has been providing photography services for families in the Kitchener, Waterloo and Cambridge since 2002. She also knows she is out-matched by her children on this “no photos” thing, but will keep trying anyway…cause what else can you do?