Category: Mindful Memory Preservation

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

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What You Want to Remember (That You Might Not See Yet)

I have no doubt you’ve experienced times where you felt like you hit the fast forward button. “How did I get here?!” flashes in your mind. That happened to me Sunday night when our daughter read us a book: Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Suess. She’s a 5 year old learning to read. I literally looked […]

Photographing a Moving Story + Thoughts on Memories

When I was five we moved an hour up the road to the house I would live in for the remainder of my childhood. I remember standing in the bathroom on our first night. The sun was setting and the sky was glowing pink and orange out of the kitchen window but in the bathroom […]

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 them before […]

Documenting Real Stories: ‘The Boys’ and Their Sinker Making Night

Documentary family photography is something I am incredibly passionate about, I think about it a lot and the value of the images we make for future generations. I take any opportunity I can to spread the word to other parents about why making pictures of every day stuff is so important. Documenting all the Seasons of Life […]

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 […]

International Airstream Renovation

We Began To Renovate a 1970 Airstream Ambassador and Ultimately Our Lives

All Dave could say was, “I’m not doing this alone.” He was perplexed by the idea of buying a 46 year old, smelly Airstream versus a newer RV with slide outs and modern amenities. I felt if we are really doing this thing – downsizing our lives – that I don’t want to go from a […]

Escaping Business With Our First Family Vacation

Like white water rafting or flying through a good book in one sitting is for some people, Fearless and Framed is my thrill. Truthfully, I’m the opposite of someone that experiences business burnout…. I can’t get enough. Turning off being in work-mode is a challenge every day. I call it sickly-driven and carry a lot of […]

I Love You Through and Through Inspired Photo Project

If you’re a parent, you’ve likely heard of the book I Love You Through And Through (*) by Bernadette Rossetti Shustak. This highly popular book was a baby shower gift when I was pregnant with my daughter. Bernadette’s words became my inspiration for a photo project during the second year of Kendall’s life, while I was pregnant […]

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 […]

Photographing Grandma and Grandpa Today

When Kim submitted this session, my heart immediately throbbed. Anyone following me for any length of time knows that all of my grandparents have passed away. However, 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 […]

Husband Diaries: This Man From His Wife’s Eyes

I realized one day, while going through my photos, that I had thousands (yes, literally thousands!) of photos of my children, but very few of my husband. I found it strange. He is part of this family too! Actually, he is my favorite person in the world. Why don’t I photograph him?? We are always […]

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Guest Posting inside Documenting Our Days’ Blog Circle

Immediately when Hannah Cross of Four Point Photography told me this month’s theme for the Documenting Our Days blog circle, I envisioned one of two things: A self-portrait of me working away, staring at the computer, would be a the truth to many of my days when the kids are at daycare. Or, me pacing the […]

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