Our Family in Photographs

I have to be honest with y’all.  While Jon was taking an individual portrait of me during this session, I asked him if he could photograph my “better side”.  Seriously.  If you know me you are probably laughing at that thought.  It’s ok, I’m laughing with you.  If you don’t know me you are probably thinking how vain of me.  That’s ok, too, because I thought the same thing as the words came out my mouth.  The truth is I wanted everything about these photographs to be perfect.  You see, a few months ago, Jonathan Canlas was down in New Orleans leading a workshop.  I attended that same workshop earlier last year in Utah where he changed my outlook on so many things in regards to my career.  When I found out we’d have the opportunity for our family to be photographed by him for his New Orleans workshop I was so overly excited that I was nervous.  There’s a certain pressure being in front of the camera when you’re typically behind it.  And to be in front of Jon’s camera?  I wanted it all to be perfect.  But let’s be honest.  We showed up with a little one who had a sinus infection (of which I didn’t realize until the next day…mama fail), with a dog who gets overly excited around groups (did I mention this was a workshop??) and it happened to be particularly cold and very windy.  I did what I could to calm our crew and trusted that Jon knew what he was doing.  After we finished, I thought, surely there wasn’t a single good one that could’ve come from it.  Greg reassured me of who was taking our photos and that there would be something for us to have as a keepsake.  When the film finally came and I was looking through our photos I searched for that golden photograph.  You know, the one where we all are looking into the camera with the biggest smiles as if we were all put together and had the easiest photo session ever?  There wasn’t a single one of those.  But as I kept revisiting each image that he did capture, I saw truth.  I saw our family in all its imperfectness become more and more beautiful to me…Holly from Maison Everett Blog, Family Photographs, Jonathan Canlas PhotographyHolly from Maison Everett Blog, Family Photographs, Jonathan Canlas PhotographyHolly from Maison Everett Blog, Family Photographs, Jonathan Canlas PhotographyHolly from Maison Everett Blog, Family Photographs, Jonathan Canlas PhotographyHolly from Maison Everett Blog, Family Photographs, Jonathan Canlas PhotographyHolly from Maison Everett Blog, Family Photographs, Jonathan Canlas PhotographyHolly from Maison Everett Blog, Family Photographs, Jonathan Canlas Photography Somehow Jon did it.  There’s no truer reflection of our family than these images. They bring a sweetness to my heart that a photo of us looking perfectly ‘perfect’ just couldn’t do.  Because that’s not us, and I understand now why I’m drawn to his photographs so much.  I’m drawn to the true beauty of life and its imperfections.  I had my idea of perfect all wrong.  And he reminded me what it really looks like.  He captured perfection for us.  Thank you for these memories, Jon.  Oh and for the record, my favorites are taken from my “non-better” side;)

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