It’s no secret that I absolutely love pictures, whether they are taken on an iphone or by a professional. So when I was approached with the opportunity to have a photographer from Kandid.ly come into our home to capture our every day moments, I jumped at the chance. At first, I was leaning more towards having Kati**, the Kandid.ly photographer, come in the morning since my children tend to be all smiles when they first wake up. After thinking about it more, I opted for the evening so our time spent with Kati wouldn’t be rushed, even though it was a risky move. The chances of my kids being happy after daycare and preschool all day were slim to none, but I went with my gut and scheduled it for the evening and I am so happy I did. Not only was my husband able to be home, but shockingly my littles were in the best moods on Kandid.ly day.
I should also preface this with the fact that my children are known to be complete terrors when it comes to getting any sort of professional pictures taken, especially the youngest. During a recent birthday photo session, the only thing he would do is say “No more!” to the poor photographer. Needless to say, my husband and I didn’t have high hopes for a middle of the week photo session, but the instant that Kati arrived she put all our fears to rest. From the moment she walked in, my kids loved her, even the youngest. Both were all smiles as they showed off their trucks and animals. Kati willingly took pictures of close to 30 animals for my oldest.
Instead of trying to fit in a lot when Kati was here, I decided to just do our normal bedtime routine. After playing, we then went upstairs for bath time and to get ready for bedtime. She was able to capture my boys being so sweet to each other- a before bath time hug and even washing each others’ hair in the bath.
Bedtime in our house tends to go one of two ways- super stressful and crazy with the kids not listening or quick and easy. Luckily, for all of us, it was so easy with Kati there. She put everyone to ease and my kids were quick to get into their jammies and brush their teeth. She was also able to capture one of my youngest’s last time with his precious bottle ( I know, he was almost two in these pictures- it isn’t like he is going to college with a bottle right??) These pictures are so special to me because it represents another “last” in his little life.
After putting my baby to bed, it was time for the big brother. We read several books and had quality time with just us, which is so rare in our hectic lives. I am so glad that Kati was able to capture just how special bedtime can be on any ordinary night.
I was so impressed with Kati and the way she interacted with my children that I plan to use her again in the future. My children even asked the next day if she was coming back the next night! Kati and the Kandidly team is a wonderful way to capture those ordinary life moments that you want to remember forever.
Kandid.ly is an amazing service that looks to pair local photographers with families in the area in an effort to help them capture life’s moments while enjoying them too. Their website is easy to navigate and a great way to connect with affordable photography services designed to give you memories of your life, both big and small. Birthday parties, a trip to a local farmer’s market, a picnic in the park or as this series highlights… even documenting life at it’s most basic. Kandid.ly gives you quality prints and a professional experience at a price that will keep you coming back for more.
Our mission is simple: We want people to rethink photography. In this uber-connected Age of the Smartphone, life is passing by us, as we desperately struggle to capture it, one filtered selfie at a time. While this new technology certainly has its place (yes! we have an instagram, like everyone else), it perpetuates a modern myth: that we can capture the moment and be in it, too. Now–at a price point that makes sense–Kandidly empowers local photographers to connect with you for those little moments that matter a lot. With family and friends living miles away, you can now proudly share yout authentic moments captured in candids.With Kandidly, you’ll have memories that last, and creative photography that will help you relive the moments as you remember them: in front of the lens, not behind it.