Category: Documenting Living Memories

Sara’s Story Sparked by Being a “Grandma’s Girl”

My childhood summers were spent at my grandparents beach house. It’s really on a river, but we call it, The Beach House. I have many fond memories of summer at that house. I’d wake up to the sound of waves crashing and seagulls chirping… I learned to drive with my grandfather, I learned to crab, fish and even […]

Make Your Loved One’s Story Come Alive In Grief: Lora’s Story

“I’m a photographer. How do I NOT have pictures of my dad? I had plenty of posed photos, but nothing that captured HIM as I know him. It was a sick feeling,” said Lora Wallenstein, participant of The Preservation Project. If you’ve ever experienced loss, you’ve feared the strong feeling of your bond weakening over time. […]

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 […]

Intentional Documentary Photography

Iconic Photo Series: The Fine Line Between Childhood and Teenage Years

I’m one of those sentimental people — a hoarder of some sorts — of memories. I still have a (really tattered) shoe box of letters that I’m so grateful for, and I’m truly saddened by the loss of the tangible memory. This moment for me is huge, because as young girls, we face so many […]

Paradise California Documentary Photographer

Lessons from an Undocumented Story: a Sunday Dinner Family Tradition

As people with cameras at arm’s length in today’s world, we habitually train ourselves to see frames all around us sans camera. Naturally, we *think* we’re on top of recording the important stories in our own lives. But are we? What *don’t* we see, because our own lens has become distorted from influence or simply […]

Pam-Dubasek-Documentary photographer

Think you’ve already documented what matters? Let’s check.

“I honestly thought I had nothing left to document. My daughters are 16 & 19; not in the “cute” stage anymore,” photographer Pam Dubasek told us in The Preservation Project’s private FB group. Going into the program, Pam was in a season of more than usual, fast-moving change + challenges: her father-in-law recently passed (“He was the […]

Two Ways to Leverage Old Stories That Linger in Your Life

Photographer Dreama Spence said, “In the work of photography, it’s easy to get bombarded with ideas from everyone else. My goal has always been to be my own self. DOCUMENTARY IS VERY PERSONAL. To dig deep and think about a feeling or story, THEN choose when to click the shutter has been very freeing + […]

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 […]

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 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 […]

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 […]

Iconic Photo Series: “The Swing Set”

May 30, 2018, marked the 8th year since I’ve become a proud, Long Island homeowner. You see, I am a statistic. I grew up as a statistic. I was the youngest of three children raised by a single mother. I’m a female, and also a minority, so never in a million years did this city […]

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