Category: Mindful Memory Preservation

Posts about preserving memories – living / past. Reflections on past memories. Legacy. How / why shooting documentary rocks.

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 […]

how to organize family memories and stories

Take Your Love for Documenting Life to a Richer Level that Fuels Your Soul (+ Business!)

Seriously, fellow documentarian, is there anything better than opening your memory card to a photo you made that sets your soul on BLAZING fire, you love it SO freakin’ much? You can’t get it into LR or PS to polish it off + share fast enough. Oh, and, getting it in print? You may as well […]

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 […]

Intentional Documentary Photography

The Real Story Behind This Simple, Environmental Portrait of a Man

You probably see a stranger, grilling some food, but this isn’t actually about grilling or about the man (my love).⠀ Story Time: We’re not “hurting” per se, but we’re not “loaded” either. We’re aware of our spending and it feels like we say “no” more than we say “yes” to fun spending. #joyofsaving #cautious ⠀ […]

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 […]

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 […]

Family memories in pictures

Iconic Photo Series: Uncle Perry

Sometimes no amount of planning can prepare you for a story. A few weeks ago, I was prepped and ready for what would be a trip filled with high expectations. I’d gathered questions I’d wanted to ask my Uncle Perry along with a mental check-list of things I’d like to document while there, (i.e. Colby […]

Using Photographs in Healing After Loss / Grief

#019 – A Story on Photographs + Healing After Sudden Loss with Brittni Schroeder

It was after 11 p.m., when I should’ve been sleeping, but instead I laid there, mindlessly scrolling Instagram as I was jolted into full focus on a stranger’s feed. I was so captivated and moved by her shares, that I got back up and wrote out about 20 questions for Brittni BEFORE even inviting her to […]

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 […]

All the Awesome of July in Documentary Family Photography

In the spirit of unity + community here’s a round-up of all the things (that we know of) happening in the Documentary Family Photography Community in July 2018. Note from our Founder: Hiiii! It’s always something.  I’ve started to feel like a broken record of excuses as to why I’m not as far as I’d […]

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 […]

An Iconic Photo of “The Bubblegum Lady”

I have a story about bubblegum and a picture to go with the story that shows how amazing photos are, and how important our job is. This is my grandma – probably my favorite person in the universe. We lived in a small town of fewer than 3000 people. Everyone in town knew of her. […]

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