Category: Documenting Living Memories

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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 […]

Simple Pictures with Big Backstories of 2017

I’ve been using the phrase “simple pictures with big backstories” for a while now. Those 5 words were a 2017 divine download and could not sum up the MARIE in my work better. This has meant less emphasis on well-rounded technical skill and has anchored me in the best way. I’ve let go of trying […]

Photographing a Moving Story + Thoughts on Memories

When I was five, we moved an hour up the road to the house I lived 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 it […]

Family History: 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 […]

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 […]

Documenting Retired Life: A Personal Photo Project from Jen Faith Brown

After working extremely hard for over thirty years, both of my parents retired this year. As a personal project, I followed them around for a couple hours to document what retired life is all about for them. My dad is a lover of all art. He has a workshop in the backyard in which he […]

Day in the Life – A Documentary Engagement Session

When Lauren emailed me to inquire about wedding photography, she said what appealed to her about my wedding gallery was all of the STORIES the photos held. She wants to remember her wedding day as a story, as well as to see the bits of stories that happened that she + Nick didn’t see. When she […]

Holiday Traditions: Building a Gingerbread House with Grandma & Grandpa

For more than 15 years, my parents have made gingerbread houses for their grandchildren at Christmas time. As soon as I had children and they were old enough to participate, I was ecstatic! It’s become one of our most treasured Christmas traditions, and one of my favorite holiday activities to photograph. I can only imagine the […]

Dude Bus Series: An Inspiring Story About an Awesome Grandpa

Every morning at 5 a.m., my Father-in-law wakes up and prepares himself for his morning drive. This is not just any leisurely morning drive, it’s his bus route to pick up his eleven grand-kids and take them to school. (and, he blogs about it as you can see HERE) Next year, there will be 2 more […]

Photograph the Memories She Will Never Remember

I hold these photos nearest & dearest to my heart. You know how you take a million and one family photos, but 95% of them manage to sit forgotten somewhere on your hard drive? Well this will be made into a beautiful fine art album for my daughter to treasure as the most precious memory […]

How to Create Documentary Portraits of Grandma

I’ve watched my grandmother move homes a few times over the past 10 years or so, but she remains completely and wonderfully herself, bringing pieces of her life and self to each home she makes, while leaving others behind. My grandmother is one of the most amazing women I know, full of amazing stories, a […]

Documentary Family Photography When the Kids are Grown Up

I see many blog posts written by photographers that start with something along the lines of “I got to spend time with…” and I always think about how they should find another way to say it.  But when I sit down to write about this family, all I can think to write about is how […]

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