Category: Mindful Memory Preservation

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

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 […]

#038 – Saving Memories from Wildfire – Literally – with Nicole Miller-Cline

What do you do when you have to evacuate your home quickly — specifically, with choosing your preservation pieces (think photos, mementos, etc.), grabbing the essentials (undies, toothbrushes), and keeping the kids calm? This was a very real scene for a recent Preservation Project participant and photographer, Nicole Miller-Cline. She was two weeks into the […]

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 […]

Setting Intentions, Goals, and tracking them

Marie’s Results for January + February 2019 Intentions

It felt like January was half over before I was in motion after holiday break, but I’m not allowing “feeling behind” in my vocabulary. What’s come up in recent years is a need to feel awake in my life. I’m learning, being AWAKE, requires a great deal of acceptance for where you’re at. Otherwise, you’re always thinking […]

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 […]

#037 – Documenting Goes *Beyond* Photography

I was completely burnt out from my photography business: fatigued from the built-up excitement when an inquiry chose to book with me, documentary family photographer, only for them to fall in line with the rest of my previous clients… not actually understanding “documentary.” One evening, I phoned a friend and paced my living room as […]

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 + […]

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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 […]

Family Documentary Photography - Summer

Marie’s 2018 Reflection, Noteworthy Memories, & 2019 Intentions

At the time of writing this, the End of Year reflection emails are pouring in. I always feel a little tug to participate too: Top 9 on IG, write what worked / what didn’t, share our highlight reel in pictures… SOMETHING. Yet, I’m never prepared and every year, I tell myself, “Next year, I’ll do […]

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 […]

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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 […]

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