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. ;)
There are many different styles of “newborn photography,” but this is the style that I will always prefer. It’s real, it’s in the home which is a very sacred place, and the focus is on the connection of the family as they tread these brand new waters of parenthood. There’s so much beauty in the chaos and uncertainty of life, and in my opinion, it needs to be embraced and celebrated. When you bring a new baby home for the first time, you are so overwhelmed. It never even crosses your mind that you’re living the moments that you’ll soon look back on as “the good old days when you had a newborn.” These crazy times with babies, messy houses, and dark circles under your eyes are actually the best days of your life. I’m mostly talking to/about myself here, lol, but maybe other moms can relate. ;)
A lot of people think that their home isn’t a good backdrop for photos, but as long as you have windows, it’ll be perfect. I promise. Because it’s not about what your house looks like; it’s about remembering the connections you shared during a brand new phase of life. This is the style of photography that we had done when our Elsie was born. We had photos taken of us sitting with her in the nursery that we lovingly designed and created months before we ever met her, and those photos are so incredibly special to us.
It was an absolute honor to be invited into Cathy and Gary’s home to document their new life together as a family of three, and I love that their dog, Pumpkin, was able to jump in for some family photos, too!