Category: Documenting Generations

Preserving the Heart of Your Holidays Through Family Photography

Sometimes what’s warm and familiar to us is something we don’t SEE. I mean, really see. We’re easily caught up in the doing + prep for the cookies, festivities, gifts for everyone, dinners, and beyond that we can miss feeling the experience itself. I don’t know about you, but holidays aside, I crave more connection […]

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 […]

The Photographer’s Perspective of the Women’s March on Washington

Photographers within our community were all photographing the same event, at the same time, all over the country, which I found to be extraordinary. Saturday evening as they started sharing their 2017 Women’s March photos, I was blown away watching photos pop up from cities all over our country. I did not march. I had caught […]

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: No Food, But There Are Family Photos

A few weeks back, I was visiting my parents and going through boxes of old photographs. Some faces meant nothing to me, but others did, because several years ago I sat down with my grandmother. I asked her about our family history (what she remembered of it anyway), who was who in some of the […]

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 […]

Documenting Real Stories: They Shoot Rockets, I Shoot the Camera

My husband and son got into shooting model rockets last year, when my son was just 3. They’re totally into anything about space. We live in Washington DC and my son, Del, thought the Washington Monument was a rocket ship for the longest time. That reminded my husband of shooting model rockets with his dad […]

The Story of Grandma’s Home, Before It’s Filled with Memories for Someone Else

There are places from my childhood that when I return to visit, I feel like a little kid again. One of those places is definitely my Grandma’s house. It sits upon a hill, surrounded by woods and filled with memories. As soon as I walk in, I feel like I’m 6 years old. The smell […]

Sixty Years of No Regrets: Photographing an Anniversary Party

I’ve been slightly reluctant to write this blog, as I’ve had some trouble compiling my thoughts. You see, I just feel like my words could NEVER do this evening justice. Pure magic was in the air. I was greeted with smiles in the lobby as I finally had the opportunity to meet Cindy. We took […]

Souls of a Small Town: A Personal Photography Project

“Just take the pictures.”   That’s what my husband kept telling me. For over a year, I’d kept saying how I’d love to shoot documentary photographs of some of the people in our small town. We’d drive by, see someone on the street, and my heart would skip a beat, because I knew what their […]

From Shooting Everything to Shooting With Intention

It’s easy to get lost behind your lens, hunting down your next masterpiece… and when it feels like you’re on the verge of magic (or on the opposite side, the magic feels like a lost cause), it’s easy to feel the need to hold the shutter down… click, click, click, click. It’s like a reflex […]

Documenting Retired Life: A Personal Photo Project from Jen Faith Brown

After working extremely hard for over thirty years, both of my parents retired this year. As a personal project, I followed them around for a couple hours to document what retired life is all about for them. My dad is a lover of all art. He has a workshop in the backyard in which he […]

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