You’ll see this theme, about real life being beautiful, emerging more and more in my work in the coming months. I have always loved that photographs can tell stories; even just one photograph all by itself can say so very much. Somehow though, I seem to have drifted away from what I love most about photography. Please don’t misunderstand, I still enjoy taking posed family pictures and I love the creativity some of my clients have shown in creating their sessions. I think those things are important too, particularly photos of the whole family. But in the hustle and bustle, I discovered that I was leaving out of my work the things that I value the most. The everyday things. The story of what life is/was really like. The beauty of real, un-posed, un-edited, messy, always-changing, glorious life.
Here, let me show you what I mean. Take a few minutes to watch this for me: Real Life is Beautiful.
Soon I’ll be posting more about the Day in the Life Sessions that I’m adding to my list of services. I’m really REALLY excited to share the sessions I’ve already done and to answer any questions that you may have about the process. If you are as excited as I am and want to know more right away, shoot me an email and let’s talk! (firstname.lastname@example.org). But be prepared – I can talk/email about this for a LONG time. Seriously. I’m stoked.
It’s going to be hard for me to not gush over the wonderful time I had hanging out with these guys for this family photo shoot. This is a fun family. Guys, this is the family who’s house you want to get stuck at during the snowstorm! It’s the cool house! This is the place to be!
You can tell from these photos that they love each other and have a great time together; and that they’re all pretty taken with their newest addition – little Raylan. And who wouldn’t be – come on – those cheeks, that cowboy hat?! Off the charts adorable.
Thank you guys – I can’t wait to do it again soon!!
I have never had the joy of having a newborn baby in my own home but I have photographed many other people with their newborns and I have noticed something, a beautiful and telling dichotomy. In most homes, there are usually new baby things everywhere. There should be because babies require lots of stuff and people gets lots of stuff from friends and family (some stuff they need and lots of stuff they don’t know what to do with) prior to the baby’s arrival. I also strongly encourage that people not clean up before I come for a photo shoot. First of all, I know that folks have better and more important things to be doing than cleaning up before a photographer comes for just a few hours. Secondly, you should see my house sometimes! Thirdly and most importantly, I think the so-called-mess and the chaos are such an important part of the story; the true story of when Baby came into our lives and changed everything.
The other thing that I have noticed about photographing a newborn baby at home – whether it is baby number one, or two, or three, or so forth; is the peace that occurs amidst all of the “mess” and upheaval and change. It is palpable. When I arrive, I greet and chat with the tired but thrilled parents, I survey what rooms have the best light and then, when the parents finally sit down and hold their new baby, that is when the magic happens…peace. The parents forget to worry about the house, about how they look, about the to-do-list and hopefully they forget about me too and they get lost in the tiny, fragile, perfect new life they hold in their hands. I always hope and wait for this moment. It’s an honor to be there for the beauty of real life and to document these fleeting moments. Thank you to everyone who has let me be witness to the beauty of their lives so far, and to the Harrison family, pictured below with their sweet and perfect new baby Eli.