Documenting Reality – Nightlife of a Parent

Longing for an evening or a day on the couch with movies is something we often wish we could do. Before we had kids, we would relax by trying a new recipe, cooking with a glass of wine in hand, and have brownies for dessert while watching a new movie. It’s just something we’ve grown to do together to relax… until we had kids. Our days are much busier now with two under 2 years old. The rare occasion when my parents ask Kendall to spend the night is always exciting. A few hours of near-freedom is exactly what we need to refresh. Levi goes to bed pretty early, so it spares us some extra time together when Kendall is away.


Documenting our night off

On this particular night, we received a call close to 11 p.m. that Kendall was screaming. Her ear hurt. Reality set in and we had to go back to being parents. One of us could have went, but trips like this are best done together when you know your child is hurting. I first went into Levi’s room and saw how peaceful he was. Sorry buddy, we’ve gotta go get Kendall. He was so mad when I woke him up and put him in his carseat until that fresh bottle landed on his lips. Happy baby again.

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It was about a 30 minute drive to go meet my dad at the halfway point (gas station).

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And wouldn’t you know, she was asleep and peaceful when we got her. Documentary-Photo-Sessions_5262 Documentary-Photo-Sessions_5263 Documentary-Photo-Sessions_5264


Kids in the back, snuggly, and ready to go home. Kendall’s sleepover things tossed in the trunk. Goodbye, Papa. Time to go home.



We arrive home with two sleepy babies, put them in their beds, and crawled into our bed ourselves. It was too late for our movie at this point. That’s sometimes the life as a parent, but something we wouldn’t trade for the world. Kendall did have an ear infection and it was treated.

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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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