As much as I love doing tree farm mini sessions, it doesn't come close to as much fun I have at a storytelling session :) During this family lifestyle session with the S family, I documented them cutting down their Christmas tree! We started the moment they hopped out of their car and ended with them packing the tree to go home. We captured some lifestyle portraits along the way too. This year, I will be offering two packages for Documentary Sessions: a half day "storytelling" session and a full "day in the life" session. If you are interested in finding out more about these packages, feel free to send me an email or submit a question on my contact form :)
This was the second time I had the opportunity to work with the M family and both times we did extended family pictures. It's so fun to include grandparents in the session and I love that we can still have a more casual lifestyle session. This year, we decided to walk around Phoenixville and we ended up at Steel City to warm up at the end. If you haven't ever stopped by there - it's worth checking out! We had a great time being goofy while still giving lots of hugs <3 Thank you for choosing me to capture these memories, M family!
Longwood Gardens is my absolute favorite place to shoot in the winter. It's always gorgeous and always changing so it never gets old. You also can't beat the weather :) I did a family session for the O family to document baby Prim's 6 month milestone. We took plenty of family shots too and had fun doing a mix of posed, documentary, and more lifestyle photos. Enjoy!
I met the G family at their home for a family lifestyle session. They wanted to capture the kids playing and enjoying a Saturday morning together. It was nice outside, so we were able to play outside for a bit too. During my sessions, I don't stop shooting very often. While we were getting ready to go outside, I was taking pictures of Mom putting on her daughter's shoes. She said to me, "Why are you taking a picture of my mom tying my shoes?" And I said, "Because one day, you will tie them on your own." <3
I had a wonderful time last fall with the R family. We started their session at home and took so pictures doing some of their favorite activities with their daughter: reading books, playing with their doll house, and being silly. They also love going to the park, so after we finished up at home, we walked the park and I followed behind to capture them hanging out as a family. I loved this session and I know they will love looking back at these images of their home and town when their daughter was young <3
I went to high school with Esther and we have keep in touch over social media for the last several years. I was so excited to hear she was expecting her second baby and coming home to deliver him :) After, I'm sure, what seemed like a whirlwind, he arrived safe and sound and we set up a newborn session over Labor Day weekend. It was so good to see Esther again and meet her beautiful family. I loved using the spaces they had in the home they were renting to create some of my very favorite black and white images <3
I spent a beautiful night at Marsh Creek State Park capturing this amazing family to honor their daughter's first birthday. There is nothing better than a beautiful sunset, warm water, and lots of love. Happy birthday, sweet girl!
I recently did an Extended Family Newborn session at a local home on the Main Line. This is the second time I've done a session like this and it's really so special for the family. We spent two thirds of the session doing my Newborn Lifestyle Session and then we worked on capturing some extended family photos with the grandparents :) We did some indoors and then moved outside to play. If you are interested in including extended family at your newborn session, let me know!
Mom's first line in her email inquiry to me was, "I'm looking for photographers who can capture our family as we are." She said she loved "candid shots" and "real moments." My heart sang when she chose me. We decided to do a sunset shoot at one of our favorite places - Longwood Gardens.
I arrived as they were eating dinner, we took walks, we played, we looked for airplanes, and we ran. Fast. There were no formally posed photos... there were no fancy clothes. There were shy moments, snuggly moments, yogurt moments, and moments that had us all out laughing. They were perfect moments... real family moments... just as they were.
Towards the end of the session, I took a picture of Ellie's hand resting on her mom's hand. Ellie was tired and we were walking towards the exit. I stopped to show Mom the back of the camera and said, "As a mom, this is one of my favorites." They won't always sit on your arm with their diaper peeking through; their hand won't always be small enough to rest on yours. We were well past sunset and the image has a good bit of grain. But memories and little moments don't always need perfect light. Mom said to me, "You got it! That's just want I wanted: to capture us together and Ellie... just being little. Because, she won't always be little... she's so much bigger than yesterday!"
I love all the sessions I do, but this continues to be one of my favorites. I love sunset, I love families, and I love real moments. True documentary photography is where my heart lies.
If you are interested in capturing your family, as you are, I'd love to do that for you.
I was so excited to meet Evelyn at her newborn session. It didn't seem all that long ago that I was taking maternity pictures of her beautiful mama. I loved how much everyone in the family adored this sweet girl. We had a relaxed, easy-going session and just enjoyed newborn life. I'm excited to be in the process of catching up on this blog and sharing more from this session with you :)