Ella is a Loy Norrix senior, and for her senior session her dad decided to come along. So the answer is unequivocally yes if your dad is the person that will make you laugh. If he will make you feel good about yourself and about the session, then yes, your dad should come to your senior session.
I’ve talked about this on the blog before, but when dads come to senior sessions, they always end up making it the best senior session. For this Loy Norrix senior session, Ella’s dad came with her. It was amazing to see the relationship between Ella and her dad. They had so much fun together and were able to communicate in a way that I often don’t see fathers and daughters communicate. Hearing their inside jokes made it clear that their relationship was very special.
Invite people that make you feel good
So if you have a special relationship with your dad, and it makes you feel good, then you should definitely invite your dad to come to your photo session with you. I think the laughs and the authenticity will be worth it.
It’s interesting that dads are usually not part of this process when there’s no reason for them not to be. Maybe dads feel uncomfortable with the amount of hair and makeup and the time that it takes to achieve the look that we need for photos. But dads are welcome to come.
Disclaimer: Not everyone has a great relationship with either/both parents. And every relationship goes through ups and downs. If you are at a moment of conflict with your parent, consider inviting someone else to your session who will make you laugh. I can think of two incredibly difficult and awkward sessions that would have been completely different had a parent not been there.
During one senior session the mother and daughter fought the entire time. This made the session very uncomfortable for me, because I didn’t want to get involved in either side. In another session, the mother disagreed with the daughter’s decisions about what to wear and this truly upset the daughter. Again it was uncomfortable and difficult, and I could only intervene so much. All of this is to say that family relationships are difficult to navigate, but only you will truly know your dynamic. I don’t place any judgment on relationships. I just know what works in front of the camera. And if you feel uncomfortable because of who is around, it will show on camera. It’s a decision only you can make.
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