Category: Documenting Living Memories

Sara’s Story Sparked by Being a “Grandma’s Girl”

My childhood summers were spent at my grandparents beach house. It’s really on a river, but we call it, The Beach House. I have many fond memories of summer at that house. I’d wake up to the sound of waves crashing and seagulls chirping… I learned to drive with my grandfather, I learned to crab, fish and even […]

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 […]

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 […]

Letting a Child Lead Your Next Photo Session Idea

Our family was into cooking (okay, my Mom) since I was a little child. I remember going to the library, as a pre-schooler, selecting cookbooks for kids, and nagging my Mom to cook something with me (which she often did). Those are still some of my fondest memories. Maybe that’s why when I noticed my […]

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 […]

Recognizing and Photographing Traditions of Your Parents

I just about leapt out of my chair when Natasha submitted this story about photographing traditions of her parents. I especially love that Natasha included little details here + there of the home itself. These things, unless you’ve first-hand said goodbye to a loved one’s home, are often overlooked and taken for granted until they’re […]

17 Photos to Inspire You in Documenting Adult Men

Throughout various communities, I’ve seen photographers wish they could pose men better. Documenting adult men is a whole different ball game and, frankly, pretty easy to do! I had a wild hair to challenge our FB group to photograph their husbands (or bestie). We’ve been saying for months that we don’t want our blog to […]

“Before 8am” A Documentary Photography Project

Hannah’s photo session was part of my “Before 8am” series, a photography project I started with the goal of documenting what happens — wait for it — before 8am. I wanted to choose something that happened in everyone’s day, a time or event that every family experiences in some way. Everyone has a morning routine, […]

Celebrating Motherhood: Documenting a Baking Story

As a mom, I enjoy spending Sunday afternoons, in the kitchen, baking with my littles. I always think about how special these moments are to me and how my littles will grow up with fond memories of the everyday things we do. For many months I had dreamed of shooting a baking session and was […]

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