Category: Documenting Family

documentary family photography - family nanny

“Nanny available, early July” a Goodbye Story Documented Well

How does it feel to give birth and go back to work after 12 weeks leaving your new baby with the nanny? How much trust and courage does it take? How does it feel to raise kids who aren’t your own? How much love and patience does it take? And how does it feel when […]

documentary family photography - Iconic Photo Series

Iconic Photo Series: Back Seat Parenting

It’s Friday night, and miraculously, no one in our family is working. Our 19 year old was not scheduled to work at the gas station, my husband’s swing shift landed just right so that he had a rare, Friday night off, and our newly employed 16 year old was enjoying a Friday night with us […]

Dementia photography

Iconic Photo Series: Dementia

This is a photo of my grandmother with my brand new baby boy. The photo doesn’t show that Dementia is slowly changing who my grandmother is to me, leaving me a little lost without the strong woman who, I knew, could do anything when I was a kid. I see that her face still lights […]

Ease Clients into Documentary Photography with Their Front Porch

I’ll never forget the day when we were handed the keys to our home. A tiny piece of metal that held so many milestones and future adventures. Responsibility and adulthood. That key signified contentment and commitment. It was probably one of the greatest acts of the love I had at that point, shared with my partner, […]

Walkup Family Camping Adventures in the Colorado Mountains

One of my biggest fears in life is that my kids will never know how much I love them. They’re growing up faster than I know how to deal with and I don’t know how to stop time. I want to bottle up every single experience we have together, every lesson life gives us, every little bicker […]

The Car Project: a Collective

Can you imagine the kind of raised-eyebrow, side-eye you’d give someone who told you they were going to climb a mountain in stilettos or bathe in baked beans? I got that thrown at me more than once when I mentioned I was taking part in The Car Project: a collaboration between two Aussies and a Kiwi […]

The Ward’s Celebrate 58 Years of Marriage

58 years. FIFTY. EIGHT. That’s a whole lot of years to spend loving someone. And yet, there they were. Smiling. I joined Pat and Ward (actually, John, but I love that Pat called him by his last name. When they met, they knew so many ‘Johns,’ it was hard to get the right one to […]

Sisters Catch Butterflies + Bugs in the Summer

You don’t have to be a photographer to know some moments cause you to SPRINT for your camera: like when you walk into a room to find your kids have painted their entire bodies. We first: run for the camera. Second: clean them up. Or, when we go into the bathroom to find an empty bottle […]

Love is Everything: Time Spent with Our “Kitty Grandma”

In my life, I’ve prayed many prayers. I’ve prayed for guidance, health, wisdom, healing, and peace. I’ve prayed for answers to tough questions and for forgiveness. And, since they were born, I’ve prayed that my children would be fortunate enough to spend time and make memories with their 102 year old, Great-Great-Grandmother. Let me tell […]

Photographing Family In-Home

That Clutter in Your Home? There’s a Story There

Friend, you can skip the cleaning before you pick up your camera. Confession: my house is almost always a mess. It’s not that I like it that way or that I don’t care about it. It comes down to three simple facts: I want my children to have access to lots of materials with which they […]

Documentary Family Photography / Preserving Memories

First Clients in a Small Town at the Cherry County Fair

I had a great job with amazing benefits + on track for a prolific career. There was one problem: I wasn’t happy. I wanted to pursue photography full time, but knew it was selfish to do that to my family. Still, my amazing, supportive wife encouraged me to do so and I put in my […]

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 […]

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