When you begin your journey as a new photographer, you shoot anything and everything you can to see what feels right for YOU. It’s a very important step in the process. I knew pretty early on that I loved photographing family sessions, but it took years to figure out that I had preferences. I now know that my specialty and greatest strength is photographing emotion. My goal with everything I shoot is always “to tell stories that matter.” Every time I click the shutter button, I do it with 100 years in mind. I think about the people in the photos and what I want them to feel when they look at my work now and 100 years from now. I think about the people who aren’t even born yet, but to whom these photos will someday be priceless treasures. It’s pretty incredible to think that the work I’m producing today will bridge the gap between generations for so many families. Today’s family sessions are tomorrow’s family heirlooms.
These are my dear friends Meghan and Travis, and their sweet baby, Nora. We photographed their wedding so many years ago, and we’ve loved them ever since. It meant the world when they asked me to come take some photos of them as a family in the perfect little house that they’ve made their home. <3
It was so much fun to capture the connection between Tracey and Rob, and their beautiful daughter, Sophia! It’s always so special when our wedding couples invite us back to document their growing families. It’s a beautiful thing to capture the way love grows and changes when children become a part of your story. <3
In home family sessions are my absolute favorite. I know I’ve written about this many times, but I feel very strongly about the home being a sacred place for family. It’s where you spend the majority of your lives together. It’s where you make big life decisions, laugh the loudest, feel the safest. Your home has a unique energy created by you, so it makes sense to me to make it the backdrop for family photos. As an added bonus, kids feel most comfortable in their own space, so they tend to be much more open to the stranger with the giant camera!
Elsie is 2.5 and we have had family photos taken 5 times already, lol. Every session (except for one) was done in our home. My favorite photos of my own childhood to look back on were the ones my parents took of us at home. We moved a few times when I was growing up, but each house we lived in was special to me and I’m so happy to have those memories preserved. My second favorite photos to look back on were the ones from our family vacations, because those were super good times. ;)