I take A LOT of photos of my family. Like, a lot. I share them on social media and text/ email them to family, but they don’t really feel like a true part of our family history until they are printed in a book for us all to touch. I have a collection photo books documenting our life together from the time Jared and I met in 2002 to the present, with the exception of 2015, 2016, and now 2018. The third kid totally threw me for a few years! Now that I’m working on getting back on track, I figured I’d type up a few things I’ve learned along the way that help me tackle this colossal task.
Sweet Baby Lenna was born on Halloween. Her name comes from the word “lion” and is associated with strength and bravery—characteristics that I know her mother, Megan, wishes for her, and characteristics that Megan gracefully embodies as she navigates a tougher road than many.
Christmas is next week, you guys! For so many kids, it’s the most magical day of the year. But how do you document the magic of the day? Here are some ideas of what I try to capture and what usually makes it into my family’s photo books at the end of the year. If you don’t have a DSLR or don’t want to lug yours around, your iPhone will do the job just fine!
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!