Messy Hair and Mismatched Clothes

"Eventually you'll discover your photography style and find yourself buying clothes for your kids that fit that aesthetic." 

Someone mentioned this in a photography forum when I started learning  photography.

It became a "rule" I felt I had to follow. If I wanted to be a good photographer, my kids had to be perfectly styled whenever my camera was out. I hated it.

Perfectly styled pictures do bring some people joy. There's nothing wrong with that. It's just not me.


Give me the mud, mismatched clothes and messy hair.


The pajamas, messy faces and bandage covered knees (or entire bodies). 


Because my life rarely (ok never) looks perfectly styled. It usually looks a lot like this. 

And this is what I want to remember. 

This is beauty to me.


5 on 5 is back! Head on over to my friend Amy's blog (a Portland, OR Family Photographer) to see the story she tells in five images.