Category: Documenting Generations

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Photographing Grandma and Grandpa Today

My heart immediately throbbed. Anyone following me for any length of time knows that all my grandparents have passed away. I have the GREATEST memories of visiting them, having sleepovers, going up north, going to dinner & a show, and more. This genre of shooting really hits home when I think of all of my […]

Day in the Life – A Documentary Engagement Session

When Lauren emailed me to inquire about wedding photography, she said what appealed to her about my wedding gallery was all of the STORIES the photos held. She wants to remember her wedding day as a story, as well as to see the bits of stories that happened that she + Nick didn’t see. When she […]

Holiday Traditions: Building a Gingerbread House with Grandma & Grandpa

For more than 15 years, my parents have made gingerbread houses for their grandchildren at Christmas time. As soon as I had children and they were old enough to participate, I was ecstatic! It’s become one of our most treasured Christmas traditions, and one of my favorite holiday activities to photograph. I can only imagine the […]

Dude Bus Series: An Inspiring Story About an Awesome Grandpa

Every morning at 5 a.m., my Father-in-law wakes up and prepares himself for his morning drive. This is not just any leisurely morning drive, it’s his bus route to pick up his eleven grand-kids and take them to school. (and, he blogs about it as you can see HERE) Next year, there will be 2 more […]

Photograph the Memories She Will Never Remember

I hold these photos nearest & dearest to my heart. You know how you take a million and one family photos, but 95% of them manage to sit forgotten somewhere on your hard drive? Well this will be made into a beautiful fine art album for my daughter to treasure as the most precious memory […]

How to Create Documentary Portraits of Grandma

I’ve watched my grandmother move homes a few times over the past 10 years or so, but she remains completely and wonderfully herself, bringing pieces of her life and self to each home she makes, while leaving others behind. My grandmother is one of the most amazing women I know, full of amazing stories, a […]

Documentary Family Photography When the Kids are Grown Up

I see many blog posts written by photographers that start with something along the lines of “I got to spend time with…” and I always think about how they should find another way to say it.  But when I sit down to write about this family, all I can think to write about is how […]

Recognizing and Photographing Traditions of Your Parents

I just about leapt out of my chair when Natasha submitted this story about photographing traditions of her parents. I especially love that Natasha included little details here + there of the home itself. These things, unless you’ve first-hand said goodbye to a loved one’s home, are often overlooked and taken for granted until they’re […]

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Freeze Time at Family Events – Forget the Perfect Shot

When I first became a photographer, it felt like the stigma of the title meant I was the new family portrait photographer during family dinners, parties, and more. These days, the family gets that I’m not going to play portrait photographer. I want to relax and enjoy the day just as much as they do. […]

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