Are you interested in a family documentary session but just not sure about when or what you could really capture that would tell the whole story? Your life is so full of different types of fun moments, and you’d love to capture more than just one day?
This lovely, South Jersey family has booked a family yearbook series with me – they get a handful of 30 minute mini-sessions with me through the year, to tell the story of their lives. Yearbook sessions started to take place in my mind after seeing families of newborns love the Watch Me Grow package concept (three sessions during baby’s first year!), and realizing that I wanted to offer this same concept not just to my family with babies. Don’t you love the idea of getting small slivers of your family life through the year?
Now if I were in your shoes, I would be kind of wondering – how much of a family can she really capture in just 30 minutes? Well, if you trust me – if you let go of the idea of “picture perfect smile and say cheese. . . ” If you embrace the idea that the most beautiful moments to capture are real and not posed? See for yourself!
I start many conversations with clients these days telling them that more and more, my style is moving farther away from posed, and more towards documentary. This family was one of my favorite examples of what I mean by that. A documentary, storytelling session starts off with a conversation between me and you, where I start helping you think through – what is it about my family, during this particular slice of life, that is so special that I want to wrap it up and make sure I remember it forever? I have a questionnaire that is almost less for me and more for you – so that you can pause the laundry and dishes and have a moment of reflection – what exactly is the the thing that might drive me crazy now, but that someday I’ll miss? (For me, at this very moment one answer is the pile of books that my 8 year old leaves in the bathroom, by the sink and ready to be splashed on by her younger sister).
So a careful observer would note that I haven’t been blogging. For like a year.
This is not disconnected from an emotional space I was in last fall – I think a lot of us were there. I started this specific blog post in early fall. I wrote about how I loved the leaves, the fall, the inspirations of nature and sudden beauty. It was a plea to tell those of you who were inquiring about foliage and holiday card shots, to tell you that even though there is yes beauty in nature, that there is something more. I wrote:
Don’t get me wrong – I love love love the fall, the leaves, the inspirations of nature and the sudden beauty.
There is an internal conflict, because I know I can get you the smile and pose shot – I know you will look beautiful and will fit right into a Gap catalogue. But I also still genuinely believe – your every day is beautiful.
Before you hit play on the video below (and yes, in a sec I’m going to explain here why you really really should hit play) – take a look at the photo I’ve chosen as it’s cover. It’s one of my favorite photos I’ve ever taken, and I feel really thankful to have had the chance to take it. Every single person in this brand new family of five is in relationship to someone else in the frame, in a beautiful, joyful, I can’t believe this is happening moment. He’s here. Little brother is here, and we are now complete! He is snuggled to mom, cozy and listening for the first time to the chatter and exuberance that will be his new everyday. Mom is looking at her oldest and thinking about how big he is, and how he was once so little. Mr. Middle Child and dad are just reveling in the fun and newness and excitement that they are getting to share together. It’s not posed – it was documented – and exactly the kind of documented moment my artist brain is constantly looking to capture.
What are you thankful for? My oldest turns THIRTEEN this week, and I am thankful for thirteen years, and all the lessons that thirteen years teach you about parenting. About what you can control and what you can’t. About being kind of amazed and also a little sad/scared/excited that he’s survived to that teenage milestone, and a little curious about what the next thirteen years holds.
Some of you are just friends of the family I’m blogging about, or maybe someone who is pregnant and considering a photographer, and you are wondering where I’m going with this! Apologies for being a little bit stream-of-consciousness here. But I do try to let people understand the vision I am looking at when I pick up my camera, choose a lens, and bring your world into focus. I do bring, unapologetically, my love for my own children, my love for parenthood despite its struggles, authentic and unposed beauty, and a quest to preserve real moments and real emotion.
So awesome to see news that Expertise.com named June Day Photography as one of the Top 20 Maternity Photographers in Philadelphia! In the list are so many other photographers I follow and love, so it really is an honor. Thanks to all of you who have been helping me along and turning my passion for authentic, everyday beautiful captures into a career that I love.
And of course – if you are expecting a new little one into your life, or know someone who is – give me a holler and let’s chat about how I can tell your family’s story for you – From maternity on through the first year!
Fresh 48. I’m not sure who came up with that term, but boy, I’ve been spending time editing this sweet family’s session, working to create this video fusion slideshow, and fresh feels like the correct word. It’s a fresh new family – little one is only hours old, and glows with fresh, new, tiny sweetness.
One of the things that I love about the small community I live in, Collingswood, NJ – is that I’ve met a myriad of people who embrace their passions and proactively work to make our community better. Totally inspirational place to live. Two of those people, are Robb Sewell and Eric Wolff. This article in NJ Pen highlights it in more detail, but basically, Rob and Eric saw a need in our community, and then created a project to help raise money to make sure that need continued to be met. Love it! You see a need in your community – you not only work to help it in your own individual way (adopting a pet), but you actively work to build community efforts in joining forces for a cause (creating a pet photography calendar to help raise money for a shelter you know specifically needs more community support.).
Are you looking for a photographer for family or newborn photos, but just are not convinced that you have the kind of home that is worthy of being photographed? As a photographer, I look for ways to show you that your life is beautiful, wherever you live. This couple are young graduate students who have given me some major flashbacks to my own life twelve years ago. They live in a normal apartment complex, in a suburb of Philadelphia, and you know what I saw with my photographer eyes in their place?
Summer has hit and yes, I’ve disappeared a bit from blogging. I do have a backlog of photos to share and write about, but I’m letting a recent photowalk jump the queue! Why? Especially in the summer, as the heat hits and I slow down business work in order to enjoy the simple joy of being present with my family, as an introvert, I can also get crazed by the emotional drag of hearing “Mom! Mom-mom-mom-mom-MOM!!!!” all day long and for all manner of reasons. For my church, I led a small group of photographers on a photowalk through Philadelphia, and although it was hard to clear my schedule for it, I felt a certain amount of photographer refreshment to pull away and visually look at subjects that are not my usual jam.