So we are well into the second week of our home isolation and it sure does feel like we are repeating the same day over and over. Don’t get me wrong- we are happy and healthy which is so important right now. But we feel like we are living the movie “Groundhog’s Day”. Every morning we wake up and go for a family walk, do school work, my husband leads PE lessons, they have online learning, reading time, free time, online play dates, soccer lessons— AND repeat. To spice it up, my son wanted his head shaved and my daughter got slime stuck in her hair and decided to cut it out. In the front. To the scalp. *sigh* Here are some photos from the last several days. Nothing special or out of the ordinary, just a way to document our time in quarantine. Stay healthy and safe out there!
It is Sunday morning and we have been home for a week. We are starting to settle into new life with online learning and visiting friends, phone calls, home activities, walks around the neighborhood, countless projects and ways to play in different spaces of our home. Washed countless dishes and loads of laundry and washing hands till they are chapped but this is all part of our quarantine. The most important thing is that my kids are having fun and are not scared. They have been bored- WE have been bored. But they are getting so much time to do the things that we can never seem to fit in and we are doing it all TOGETHER. I think it is important for parents to document these days. Even if it is capturing time on the ipad or reading a book, it will be wonderful for our children to look back at this time as a special and meaningful time in their lives. A time where life slowed down and they were able to spend quality time with family and new ways of communicating with friends, relatives, teachers, coaches, etc. Someday their kids will learn about this in their history books and what a great gift for our kids to have pictures to show them. These days may feel long and the activities may seem menial but capturing smiles and togetherness will go a long way in their memories of this time and that may be one of the positives to take from all of this. Here are some photos from our last two days. I will continue to capture and post our everyday as a visual diary and to keep myself shooting and doing what I love.
In a time filled with fear and frustration, laughter and tears, I have gone through a wave of emotions as our family adjusts to being home-bound indefinitely. I have gone from working mom and chauffeur to home-school teacher and housekeeper. All while feeling afraid of the unknown that surrounds us all- the fear of getting sick in this awful pandemic. As we navigate our new schedule, I have learned a lot about myself and what seems to be working best. For one, a schedule did not work for us. It made me feel bad when I was behind, tense when I was late and disappointed when we did not complete my expectations. Today, we tore it up and it was our best day yet. I am striving for a balance between having the kids learning and doing school work and having fun and memorable experiences. I think it is important to have them connecting with friends but not overdoing it and feeling sad or frustrated. As we navigate this journey I have decided to pull out my camera and capture some of what we are doing in our days together. We have baked, learned, played, laughed and cried. Here are a few pictures of our week thus far. Many more photos to come. I would just like to take the time to say how grateful I am for the health of those I love and hope you all are hanging in there during this very scary and unusual time.
Newborn baby sessions are done in the early days of the baby’s life to ensure they are sleepy and able to sleep in those sweet little tuck positions. There are other tricks that help to keep them sleepy and happy too- lots of milk and a warm room with white noise. All of these tools help make the session easiest on baby. This sweet little girl was at the perfect age and slept like a champ. Her parents were so kind and open to getting creative, which I love! Here are some photos from our newborn session.
I have been lucky enough to get to photograph this beautiful family since their first son was born. When they contacted me to do a maternity and newborn session as they were expecting their second child, I was so excited! We did the maternity session at the beach around sunset and it was completely magical. The lighting and weather were perfect and their little boy was such a love. So many precious photos and I adore the color palate! The newborn session was done in-home (as they always are) and again, it was a wonderful session. Their boys both did an amazing job and I love the photos we captured! Here is a little taste of both sessions.
It has been awhile since I have been on the blog- it was a really busy fall photographing families for their holiday cards and I had to take a break from blogging for awhile. Now I am back to a normal shoot schedule and I am excited to show you some of the photo sessions I captured. This is a family I have had the pleasure of photographing since their second child was born. They recently had a third and it was an amazing shoot. The kids were so in love with their baby brother and the parents were kind and easy going. All-in-all it was a wonderful session! Here are some favorite moments captured:
It’s no secret that I absolutely love photographing newborn babies. I really enjoy going to people’s homes, often places I have never been to explore new ideas and get creative. I especially love when people come to me with ideas they have seen or personal items they want to incorporate because it gets me outside of my creative “box” to try something new. And often the ideas I go into a shoot with to serve as inspiration can lead to something so much better than I had hoped for! Here is a series of photos I did for a family who had just welcomed their little girl into their family. They had a few ideas going in and I was so excited to see them come to life! And the basket photos at the end with the floral wallpaper were a complete surprise as I saw the wall in their bathroom and HAD to use it! So many fun and creative photos came from this session, here are just a handful:
It is fun when families want to do a big family photo shoot to capture the different dynamics within their group. This family did photos to celebrate their patriarch’s 90th birthday. We captured the whole group, great grandchildren with great grandpa, cousins, siblings, individual families, couples, and many other variations. We did the session at one of the family homes. It is a special way to get lots of photos to have and enjoy for years to come. Here are just a handful of the photos we captured to celebrate a beautiful loving family.
Photographing precious newborn babies is such fun for so many reasons. As a mom, I am no longer in the “baby phase” of life and I miss those tiny little humans. I get my fix each and every time I get to photograph a newborn. I also absolutely love watching parents in the early stages of parenthood. There is such a newness, a love that is so rich and full- and I get to capture it for them. This sweet baby girl was perfectly sleepy throughout her session with me. I love the pictures we took and had such a great time documenting the love in this home.
Often I am asked what to wear in family photos. It is hard to answer since there are so many different directions you can go and look great. Back when I was growing up it was popular to have all the family in jeans and matching white shirts or everyone dressed in one color. While that is still done and continues to look great,, it seems that many people are getting a little more fashion forward with their choices by mixing colors/tones giving each person an individual look but all together still well coordinated. I find that selecting 3-4 colors or tones and mixing it up for each person is a wonderful way for everyone to have an individual look but collectively to have a well-coordinated photo.
Ultimately, these are your photos to love and enjoy, so I think it is important that you choose clothing that makes you feel good and reflects your style. If you are the kind of family who likes to dress casually in life then that is perfectly acceptable for a family photo! If you want to make it more of a special occasion type attire that is also great! Whatever makes you happy and love the photos, I think that is the best way to go. If ever you need help, I have visual references for my clients who need a little direction or inspiration.
Here is a photo session I did this summer for a family who always does a great job of styling their shoot. I love the pale purple, blue and white palate they chose. Each person has a great individual look but together they all go well as a group too! I love that the little girl’s dress ties all the colors together and the pattern is not too distracting because it is surrounded by solids. Here are my favorites from their at-home family photo shoot!