Sunflower Days at Pope Farm here in Madison just ended. We made the annual pilgrimage to this lovely field again this year. In addition to stunning sunflowers one is likely to find families, clustered together in coordinated outfits with the lens of a photographer focused directly on them. It's holiday photo time. It's time to document the children's growth, to capture those radiant smiles. It's time to hand over a lot of cash for those Kodak Moments.
Last week I also received an email from a local photographer I had used to take candid photos of both kids in the days after they were born. Since then I've taken my own frugal path and not paid the annual fee for a family photo session. The cost is too much for me to wrap my head around; $600 for 1.5 hours.
Instinctively I read $600 and think, that's one international airline ticket! I also own a decent SLR camera and spent a lot of time and money developing my hobby photography interest in my pre-husband and pre-children life. Because I have decent equipment, enjoy taking my own photos, and love to travel, you won't find this frugal family spending that kind of money. Here are my thoughts on creating lovely family photos without breaking the bank.
There is the frugal cell phone selfie, this one taken in Copenhagen, Denmark.
There is the option of asking a stranger to capture your family among the flowers:
And then there is getting down to kid level (down on your knee, possibly your belly) and shooting hundreds of frames, knowing a little bit about the power of light, and then sort through for a gem.