As I photographer, I often feel the pressure to make my personal photos look perfect. I have spent a LOT of time over the years shooting them, editing them, spending money to develop them... and then almost holding my breath as I hit "publish." After all, any photo I take, wedding or not, is an extension of my art. I made it.
But as my life becomes increasingly crazier... ya know, with a baby and all... I've realized, I can't put that pressure on myself. I'm not getting PAID to photograph my family vacations. These photos are for my family to remember how much fun we had and if the closest (ahhem... easiest) camera I have to shoot with is my iphone, then that's what its going to have to be. Because chances are I took most of these photos with a sleeping baby attached to me or I was pushing him in a stroller... or I was chasing my 5 year old down the street.
Its life man. And its crazy.
So after coming home from a week long trip in Santa Barbara, I had to remind myself that its OK half of our trip was documented on my iphone. And its OK that Kyle doesn't fully know how to use our Fuji x100s (but bless his heart tries really, really hard). And its OK that these photos don't tell some grand romantic story of our vacation.
But what these images DO tell is how much fun we all had. How crazy the three older cousins are when they play. How my parents were so incredibly generous with their time and money on this trip. How fiercely loved my kids are. And how I love my family more than anything. This trip is one I will always remember.
(Images below are a combo of Fuji x100s & iPhone 5)