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The Calcamuggio Family | Lifestyle Family Photographer

Children, Family, PortraitsAmanda Mohinani2 Comments

Here's the funny thing about family photos. 

Kansas City Lifestyle Family Photographer
Kansas City Lifestyle Family Photographer

We tend to value them the most when our kids are young. Growing, changing, never staying still for more than two seconds at a time. 

Kansas City Lifestyle Family Photographer
Kansas City Lifestyle Family Photographer

We make time for them, plan photo sessions around big birthdays and milestones, and celebrate each new month. 

Kansas City Lifestyle Family Photographer
Kansas City Lifestyle Family Photographer
Kansas City Lifestyle Family Photographer

Then the years pass by and the kids don't change as much. Or as quickly. 

Kansas City Lifestyle Family Photographer
Kansas City Lifestyle Family Photographer
Kansas City Lifestyle Family Photographer

We look at the lovely pre-teen or teenagers in front of us and imagine their groans of despair if we mention taking photos or scheduling a shoot. So we don't. We let it slide. 

Kansas City Lifestyle Family Photographer

But this. This?? This is what you're missing. 

Kansas City Lifestyle Family Photographer

You need these memories. 

Your pre-teens and teenagers grow up just as quickly as your little bitty babies. And they deserve to be remembered too. 

Kansas City Lifestyle Family Photographer

Rachel (and Jeremy!) - we did it again! :) I'm so so thankful for the chance to photograph your family countless times over the last decade. Who would've thought we'd be still going at it so many years later? Thanks for allowing me the chance to watch your itty bitty babies grow up to be lovely mini adults. Love you guys so much!! 

The Murray Family | Lawrence Lifestyle Family Photographer

Family, Couples, Children, PortraitsAmanda MohinaniComment

At the beginning of each of my photo sessions, I always make it a point to set my camera down, get on my knees and meet the little humans I'll be working with. I introduce myself on their level and usually ask for a high five.

Lawrence Family Lifestyle Photographer
Lawrence Family Lifestyle Photographer

(Sometimes I get one, sometimes all I get is a stare that says, "MOM! Who is this crazy lady?")

Lawrence Family Lifestyle Photographer
Lawrence Family Lifestyle Photographer

Like most of us introverts, little humans aren't always sure if they should trust the strange large adults who loom over them with cameras shoved in their faces. I mean, from their point of view, doesn't that sound intrusive?? 

Lawrence Family Lifestyle Photographer
Lawrence Family Lifestyle Photographer

So I start things off without my camera by noticing and pointing out something special about them. Their shoes, their dimples, their amazing hair, or beautiful eyes.

Lawrence Family Lifestyle Photographer
Lawrence Family Lifestyle Photographer

And just like I want their parents to feel like they can trust me, I want these tiny humans to feel that way too. 

Lawrence Family Lifestyle Photographer
Lawrence Family Lifestyle Photographer

Because at the end of the day, I'm not just looking for the perfect photograph with everything arranged JUST right. 

Lawrence Family Lifestyle Photographer
Lawrence Family Lifestyle Photographer

Kids have more than formal smiles. They have curious looks, eyes of wonder, and gazes of love and laughter. (And sometimes AMAZING stubborn, pouty, disgusted faces!)

Lawrence Family Lifestyle Photographer
Lawrence Family Lifestyle Photographer

It's my job to discover each of those faces and display those pieces of their personality for the world to see. 

Lawrence Family Lifestyle Photographer
Lawrence Family Lifestyle Photographer

But it all starts by showing each little one that they matter. Their smile doesn't have to be perfect, their dress doesn't have to be just right, and their hair will never stay the way we want it to. But who they ARE is glorious. Unique. And so precious. 

Lawrence Family Lifestyle Photographer
Lawrence Family Lifestyle Photographer

Cause isn't that how adults want to be treated too? 

Lawrence Family Lifestyle Photographer
Lawrence Family Lifestyle Photographer

Katie and Luke, you are such troopers! I was worried our photo shoot wouldn't happen with all the rain, the rescheduling, and the crazy weather! Thanks for allowing me to gain the trust of your two beautiful little women and for genuinely and wholeheartedly being yourself in front of my camera. Let's do it again sometime! ;)