As a mama to three whose husband travels a lot for work, this was one of my favorite family sessions to date. Erika’s husband gets home late most weeknights, so the evening I spent with just her and her three kids was pretty normal for them and I related to it SO MUCH. One parent versus three kids—especially at dinner and bath and bed time—can be a challenge to say the least.
This normal evening photo session at home in Wilton, Connecticut involved tennis in the garage, a brand new puppy, a frog on the slide, pizza on the grill, and a special delivery from Amazon. Thanks, Cali Family, for having me over for “witching hour!”
I used to be really good about making yearly photo books for our family. I also made a detailed “first year” photo book for each of the first two kids, with monthly summaries of their stats, firsts, and little stories. I lost steam somewhere around 2014 or 2015. Tallulah will turn three next week and I haven’t made her first year book yet. As I begin the tedious task of going back through my thousands upon thousands of photos to choose which ones to include in my books, I thought I’d share some here on the blog, month by month. Here’s our September 2018.
Stylishly coordinated outfits at sunset in an overgrown field are gorgeous—no doubt about it—but if that’s not your thing, don’t despair! Fairfield County area families, I’m talking to you! Book a Short Story (2 hours) or Day In The Life session with me. I’ll come over, we’ll hang out, I’ll photograph your normal life, you’ll get beautiful images of authentic connections and moments that make you fall in love with your family all over again. No sulky husband, no bribing kids, no last minute shopping for outfits. As a thank you gift for trusting me, I’ll design and print a set of 50 holiday cards for you that’ll make all your friends jealous. We can pick one image that represents your REAL life or a series for a collage. Boom, done, easy peasy.
I've partnered with Fairfield County Moms Blog to photograph the normal evening routines of their contributors. As a photographer, evenings are a goldmine for capturing fun, real moments. As a mom, it's SO great to be able to observe different families and see (and learn from!) the different ways moms deal with the struggles we all have around the end of the day and dinner time. Click here to see the photo essay series with words by the moms on the Fairfield County Moms Blog!
I think that one of the things that holds a lot of people back from booking a Day In The Life session is that they can’t picture what their images will look like. When you schedule a portrait session, you choose your photographer for their style, you plan your clothing, you plan your location, and you choose a specific time of year and day to get the look you want. You can conjure up a pretty good image in your head of how your pictures are going to turn out. For a lot of people, that feels good, and like a safe bet for your money.
It’s a lot harder to try to imagine what your images would look like if you booked a Day In The Life session. And when you can’t picture it, it feels risky to spend your hard-earned money on it.
I truly believe that documentary family photography is like a love letter to your family. It's a way of telling your kids--and yourself!--that you appreciate this life that you're living right now.