Sometimes people ask me what my favorite type of session is. It’s hard to choose. I really do like the quick sessions with a few rowdy kids where I can be loud and crazy and capture some fun images in a short amount of time. I love newborns and the quiet, patient nature of those sessions. I like the fun and energy of senior sessions. I even like big family group sessions when I can win grumpy grandpa over by teasing him a bit and making him laugh! However, if I had to pick one session that just makes my heart sing, it would have to be our little known and far undervalued “All About Me” session. This is a 1+ hour session plus a book, focusing on one child and their personality at one moment in time.
This session has a little bit of everything. It’s longer, so it takes patience. It’s generally with younger kids, so it’s silly and unpredictable. It’s creative and motivating, because you’re always trying to draw out each child’s true personality. One customer who does “All About Me” sessions for each of her children every year is Amanda H. Amanda isn’t on an unlimited budget. The “All About Me” sessions, with an investment of $700 per session for the session and the custom 8×8″ book, are not an insignifcant amount of money for her to spend 3 times a year. However, she’ll tell you in her own words why these sessions are so worth it to her:
As a busy mom of three young kids, I appreciate and look forward to their annual “All About Me” sessions with Images for a Lifetime. The sessions represent the rare opportunity for me to spend some quality one-on-one time with my child. In the rigamarole of daily life – work, laundry, grocery shopping, doctor’s appointments, and so on (you all get it – you’re parents!) – it seems the opportunities to focus on one child at a time, with my full attention, are few and far between. When my children were infants I, like many parents I know, had the best intentions of keeping up with their baby books and documenting every passing moment of their being. Honestly, I’ve failed miserably with that, so another reason I love the “All About Me” sessions is they help me to document the unique personalities my children are growing into each year. Not only do the photos themselves capture this, but we also record in their album things like their favorite color, favorite foods, favorites sayings, and more. As my oldest, Moyra, just turned five, it’s fun for me to look back at this little library of “All About Me” albums and watch how she has grown and changed in a few short years. My husband and I find ourselves remembering and laughing at the things she used to do when she was two, three, and even one short year ago. Without these sessions, I know I wouldn’t have documented those things, and therefore, the memory would be lost.
You may be thinking to yourself, “Look, I take photos of my kids all of the time with my phone and camera, so I’ve got a good history of who they are and when.” You know what? I do too. But there’s something different about a professional session, with a professional photographer whose expertise is getting your child to express who they are in that moment, and having it compiled into one album to stamp that moment in time. Is it an investment? Absolutely. Is it one I will ever regret making? Not a chance.
-Amanda H, Omaha, NE
I’ve been following and taking pictures of Moyra and her younger brother and sister since Moyra was 18 months old. The pictures shown above were from her 5-year session in March, so I don’t have this year’s “All About Me” book designed yet, but take a look at Moyra’s 4-year album, to get a feel for how these sessions are so much more then just pictures! They really are an in-depth visual representation of who this child is at this moment in time. Priceless!
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