Category: Documenting Businesses

Ashley Mitchell - Story of Papaw

Documenting the History + Memories Inside a Family Business

“Have you ever had a dream come true? That shop was my dream. The Lord gave me my dream.” Those were words from one of the last conversations with Papaw. He was a husband, father of seven and a retired truck driver who dreamed of owning his own business. He started Quick Fix Tire when […]

Oak Bay Flower Shop: Small Business Documentary Photography

This session with the Oak Bay Flower Shop was one of my first small business documentary sessions. The owner’s goal was to humanize their business and show that they’re not just another mass-market online florist, but a real local shop that cares about their customers and sources most of their flowers locally. I aimed to […]

The End of an Iconic Toy Store Generation: Farewell Toys “R” Us

It’s weird how strong of an effect a brand has on people. Whether it’s Nike for athletes or Disney for families, brands have cultivated a staple in our culture. I’d argue that these brands hit a fever pitch during my childhood. Nike’s ads were plastered with Michael Jordan, Disney targeted families during a renaissance of […]

Go on an Adventure While Volunteering Your Documentary Services with a Non-Profit

Balancing being a mom of three girls and growing a business makes for a pretty busy life. But this summer I found myself with a unique opportunity – all three of my girls, 10, 12 and 14, were going to be away for 3.5 weeks at sleepaway camp. This was going to be the longest […]

Documenting Real Stories: Learning About Lobsterman Life

I’m a child and family documentary photographer in Oklahoma City obsessed with the connection of kinship. Every summer, my family escapes the heat and heads to the coast of Maine. It’s complete nostalgia to chase my nieces and nephew along the same beach I’ve been barefoot on since I was a newborn. Last summer, I photographed […]

Photographing Employment Hardship + Lessons Learned

Weeks before I was married, a friend’s mother warned me that my marriage would never work. Little did she know that comment wouldn’t deter me. It challenged me. I think she meant well, really I do, because I was 19 and my husband, Joel was 20 when we were married. When I look back now, […]

How Photos Can Reveal Feelings That Would Go Unnoticed Without Them

It’s been several weeks since I started writing down words to tell the story behind the photographs from the shoot I did at my father’s studio. I had no idea these images would bring back my childhood memories. It was absolutely unexpected when they stirred up so many emotions in me. This little assignment turned […]

Family History: Photos Because I Miss Them Before They’re Gone

Do you feel like you’re constantly censoring yourself when you write about your experiences? You kinda have to, right, or you might sound like an emotional train wreck. My dad likely only has a few good years left. I’m scared to death about what life is going to be like without my parents. I miss […]

Documentary Photo Project: “Heartmade. Kauai”

About a year ago there, was an art walk organised on Kauai. I accidentally saw the information about the art walk on Facebook, quickly packed my son’s lunch and we were off to the art adventure. It was a great opportunity to be welcomed in artists’ studios and galleries, and get to know them personally. While seeing these […]

Photographing People with a Passion: Mrs. Jones Makes Jams

I love people with passion, whether it’s for their job, a hobby, volunteer work, or whatever. People who love what they do intrigue me. Since starting my photography business six years ago, I’ve been even more attracted to people who run their own business. I know how hard it is, how it can take over […]

Burnt Out From Family Photo Sessions, She Fed Her Passion

My love for art and making photographs started when I was 7 years old. I’ve been taking photographs every single day ever since, and for those of you that like math, that’s over 35 years of photographs. About ten years ago, after gaining some confidence in my early-thirties, I started my own photography business. At […]

Telling Small Business Stories with Documentary Photography

Families aren’t the only ones who have stories to tell. Every business has a story as well. Telling small business stories in an easy-to-navigate way can be a very powerful marketing piece for the business. This is especially true for small businesses who generally must charge higher rates than large corporations in order to survive. For […]

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