This is not a "good" photo.

The lighting is bad, and there is all kinds of background clutter. As a professional photographer, I would never share this photo.

But as a mom, and as a photography coach for parents, I am sharing it with you because yesterday it made me feel better as a parent.

Because after an out of sorts afternoon with both kids bickering, wishing they were with their friends, and unable to agree on what movie to watch, Liam opened up his halloween costume which had just arrived and transformed from Whiny and Disgruntled Seven Year Old to Delighted and Grateful Seven Year Old.

Plus his “Dumbledore” costume was really pretty cool.

(And no, I have not ever even attempted to make costumes for my kids - it’s just not where I feel inclined to spend my creative energy!)

This photo is what I call an “emotionally good vs. technically good” photo.

It’s photography in support of parenting, not the other way around.

  • You don’t have to sacrifice what you want as a parent in order to take photos that capture the moment and everything you love about your kids.
  • You don’t have to be a “good photographer” to get joy and validation from your photos.
  • And you don’t have to choose between capturing the moment and experiencing it.