Category: Documenting Childhood

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 […]

How to Get More Great Photos in a Short Documentary Session

This post is the second in a series about how long a documentary session “should” be. The first, Shooting Under the Pressure of a Clock is here. To summarize, I mentioned that often in a short, 1 hour or so session (especially in-home when things move a bit slower), I leave feeling like I could […]

7 Day Storyteller’s Challenge Case Study 02

Wouldn’t you feel like you had the coolest mom ever if let your kiddo “register” for their 4th birthday at their favorite store?! Photographer Jessica Swartout from Florida is that cool mom! She photographed this story for her second round of the 7 Day Storyteller’s Challenge. Jessica created a photo story of her mornings at […]

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Guest Posting in the Personal Photojournalism Blog Circle

If you’ve been a longtime follower of mine, you know how much I believe in the power of working together to put the gas pedal on personal growth. Watching photographers come together in our Facebook Group to participate in various blog circles, holding themselves accountable, to contribute to their monthly posts has been awesome! This month, […]

How an Uneventful Day Can Bring Out the Magic of Childhood

When Aleah and I first discussed me coming over to capture the everyday life of her family she said that her life is pretty uneventful, which is what most families will say. My response was: “Perfect! Uneventful is kind of my thing.” The small details that make up our everyday routine are often overlooked. It brings me so […]

Find Themes Within Your Work for Your Vision, Your Brand, and for YOU

Many of us engage in personal projects in the winter months. I spent my sub-zero winter days cocooned in my house engaged in a slew of internal dialogue, reflecting on why I shoot and what I shoot. I did this through a couple of fantastic classes (Storymaking with Meredith Novario and Find, Define, and Refine […]

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