Category: Documenting Love of All Kinds

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“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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Simple Pictures with Big Backstories of 2017

I’ve been using the phrase “simple pictures with big backstories” for a while now. Those 5 words were a 2017 divine download and could not sum up the MARIE in my work better. This has meant less emphasis on well-rounded technical skill and has anchored me in the best way. I’ve let go of trying […]

The In-Home Documentary Maternity Session for Sarah + Jean

When I began to do research for my first maternity session, I felt like I kept finding pregnancy cliches – heart hands, chiffon over bellies, baby shoes – but I rarely found photos that told me something unique about the couple being photographed. And then on Pinterest, I came across a black and white photo […]

Engagement Photography That Speaks To Your Heart

Have you ever looked at a photograph of your newly engaged friends thought, “man, I’ve never seen them look like that?!” Maybe it’s a friend wearing a suit when he’s clearly a shorts and t-shirt kind of guy. Maybe it was a girlfriend sitting daintily in a park, when you know she’d rather be hiking. Maybe […]

Documenting Real Stories: and she would reply, “I’m right here.”

I went to school with Tina and her older brothers and kept in touch with her on Facebook throughout the years that followed. I’d been following her husband, Jamie’s, journey with stage 4 cancer. He’d been fighting for two and a half years. When I saw her post about Jamie being taken off of experimental […]

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, […]

Mike Riley on Saying Yes to Fully Documentary Wedding Photography

With regards to weddings, I tell people that I’m a documentary wedding photographer. But really, I’m just a photographer at a wedding. I resisted shooting weddings for so long, forever basically. The truth is that I just dont like wedding photography. I have an aversion to cheese and I see a lot of it in […]

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 […]

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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A Seaside Storytelling Newlywed Couple’s Session in Oahu

If ever I could make a dream session come to life, this is one of them. Shooting + mentoring, newlyweds, salt water, sea turtles, and food all in one… need I say more? This is the third share in a series on the length of time for documentary sessions. See post 1 and post 2 here. Brian […]

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