My heart. This is where my photographer’s heart feels at home, happy. Samantha is a good friend of mine, and I have gotten to know her and her family over the past couple of years as we have bonded over babies and photography. I asked her if she would mind if I did a documentary session with her, a “day in the life” of sorts. She was excited about it, so we did it!
We started off the session with a couple “posed” photos by the window. I guess I would even say more directed than posed. And then after that, we just hung out and took photos the rest of the night. They got dinner ready, ate together, took a bath, and got ready for bed. Families do this everyday, and have been doing this every day, in a variety of fashions, for thousands of years. It is a simple routine, a common routine, and yet infused with beauty.
I asked Sam to write just a little bit for me about her experience with this session and here is what she had to say,
“So you may think…’why should I photograph my daily routine instead of getting all dressed up and perfect for a family photo?’…well, once you see your life on film through Steph’s eyes, you’ll understand why it means so much to have captured that moment in time. I am just in love with my day in the life session with Stephanie. I adore all the little moments that she captured that happen daily that I will miss so much in the future…but at least now I have the photographs to hold on to!”
I am kind of in love with the following photos. Over the past year or so I have really been trying do even more natural and candid shoots. I am a photojournalist at heart, and images that really convey depth, meaning, and truth speak to me. That is what I strive for in my own work. I want to make images that mean something, especially to those that are being photographed. And do me one of the best ways to do this is to document real life, real moments in an artistic and meaningful way. When I was editing these photos I just kept saying, “yes!” to myself. I am so grateful to this family for allowing me the chance to do this by opening up their homes and hearts to my style and this kind of a shoot.
And if you are someone looking to get family photos taken, don’t be afraid to just be yourself and let me photograph your everyday. After all, life is made up of lots of beautiful and extraordinary, ordinary moments…let me help you remember them.
Thanks Gordon Family, you are all so very lovely and I can’t wait to see you again!
Twins. I love them. I have twin brothers, the boys. They would do everything together, they gave each other the best bear bugs and always seemed to know what the other is saying when maybe the rest of us don’t get it. They are also very different, totally and completely their own persons. They like different things, moved different places when they grew up, and even look very different. That’s the thing about twins, there is a deep connection, but also a deep uniqueness. And as the sister, the outsider, I still probably don’t even understand the complexity of “twinness”.
This adorable pair have a whole life ahead of them of connection, bickering, loving and finding themselves. I love that. If you’d like to see them when they were fresh little babes, click here!
p.s. look for some of the sweet moments where they kept touching and reaching out for each other in this session. I think it is so neat because not many babies get to bond with other babies so deeply at such a young age.
It’s hard to believe that 2014 is already 2 months in the past. 2015 is going to be BIG year for us, we are going to be welcoming our first son into the world in April, and I know our worlds will never ever be the same! But this post is about the year that just was, 2014. It was a year full of growth, fun, traveling, and love, and all sorts of good things. I was also blessed in 2014 by many wonderful clients who allowed me to document their lives. Whether it was a normal day spent with family, a wedding day where two become one, first moments at home with the newborn babies, or many other times and places, I was blessed to witness these things with my camera, my eyes, and my soul.
The photos below represent some of my favorite images from times spent with sweet and wonderful families in 2014.