Documentary of a Toddler on a Shopping Spree

Bribing and rewards can go hand in hand when you have a potty training toddler. Celebrating the achieving of mastering potty training I think is celebrated by parent and child equally. 

On this day, Kendall deserved a big reward. We had been promising to take her to pick out any toy she wanted from the store. I actually don’t think we could have gotten in the car fast enough, because I was so excited myself! Little brother tagged along too for his big sister’s shopping spree. I brought my camera along (Canon 5D Mark III) to document this milestone in our lives. I shot this entire photo session with my 50mm 1.4 lens.

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Aisle after aisle, we browsed the toys. She wanted this one and this one and this one and this one. We pushed all the buttons to see what they’d do.

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There wasn’t a toy missed from her sight… including the kitties she stopped to hug on the bottom shelf.

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Her patient little bro was in awe of all of the toys and colors too!

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We lined up all of the toys she was considering. With all of these toys, how is a girl to choose? I told her she had to pick just one to take home.

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And of all the toys in the store, my Kendall chose a dump truck. These photos were taken 4 months ago. The whole potty training thing is certainly a thing of the past as she is a pro. Now that I’m sitting here creating this blog post, I look at these photos and it seems like the day happened yesterday. That’s documentary photography for you, a time portal back to your memories.

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Author: MarieMasse

I help client documentary photographers fine-tune their workflow + marketing game, so their work is filled with sessions that represent their voice + client values while earning a living. I shoot undirected, off-beat stories that aren’t preserved often enough (like the story of couples before starting a fam or becoming empty-nesters – a dream project of mine), so my clients’ old box of photos is a meaningful, visual diary of their life + legacy to leave behind.


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