Category: Documenting Details

Photographing Family In-Home

That Clutter in Your Home? There’s a Story There

Friend, you can skip the cleaning before you pick up your camera. Confession: my house is almost always a mess. It’s not that I like it that way or that I don’t care about it. It comes down to three simple facts: I want my children to have access to lots of materials with which they […]

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 […]

Day in the Life | Documentary Photography

Thoughts on Photographing Your Own DITL with Alaina Miles

We’re surrounded by photographers shooting their Day in the Life projects and offering these sessions to clients. If you’re anything like me, you’ve become too busy to do your own and too “I really don’t want to invest in a photographer when I can take our family photos myself with a little strategy to get […]

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 […]

Self Portraits of Maternity Life Inspired Through Peri-Natal Depression

The first image in this story stopped me in my tracks over on Instagram. I wanted to crawl back in bed and be as comfy as she looked! Little did I know, there was a darker story behind this photo that I couldn’t see on the surface. Photographer Justine Curran created a series to savor […]

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 […]

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Photographing Grandma and Grandpa Today

My heart immediately throbbed. Anyone following me for any length of time knows that all my grandparents have passed away. 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 when I think of all of my […]

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A Seaside Storytelling Newlywed Couple’s Session in Oahu

If ever I could make a dream session come to life, this is one of them. Shooting + mentoring, newlyweds, salt water, sea turtles, and food all in one… need I say more? This is the third share in a series on the length of time for documentary sessions. See post 1 and post 2 here. Brian […]

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 […]

Documentary of a Husband’s Record Collection – 7 Day Challenge

After July’s 7 Day Storyteller’s Challenge, Meghann’s #preserved story stood out to me. She chose to photograph a subject other than little ones… her husband. Ok, hold on… I’m hearing the sound of the record scratch. (post pun intended, ha) I’m adding this, because I know you’re going to ask: Yes, you may photograph your little […]

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 […]

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