Yesterday, my family had a long day. We met up with a friend who is getting to move and her two sons and explored one of our favorite museums, the Udvar-Hazy Air and Space Museum. After that, my husband humored my desire to check out a sunflower field I want to use for a session that is just outside of DC (it’ll be awesome in a few weeks!) and then we made the trek home, stopping for dinner on the way.
While my husband used the longest daylight day of the year to do some much needed mowing to our yard, I popped out my camera to try and get some shots of my four-month-old to mark the day.
I was hoping to pull out the tie stickers I bought on Etsy for my youngest’s “official” four-month-old shoot, but he was a drooly mess. But that’s life at four months old, right? Teething. Drool. Some cradle cap and dry skin on his forehead. Birthmarks on the back of his neck and eye that are fading each day. And bright gorgeous eyes and smiles for mommy. Does my baby look “perfect”? Absolutely, not. But this is the real him. This is the PBJ I love and want to remember in two months, again in two years, and again when he’s twenty.
In my attempt to capture some pictures of him, the older two jumped into my shots. It turned into both kids wanting to be in pictures with the baby. The big sister wanted to hold the baby, and the oldest boy couldn’t be left out. This impromptu photo session ended with me getting great pics of the bigger two reading books to the baby.
This is what lifestyle photography is truly about. It’s about capturing people being real. It’s about documenting a few minutes, an hour of life. It’s about showing life as a really happens.
Do I do posed and portrait photography? Of course, I do. In fact, I LOVE portraits. However, I started my adventure in photography years ago as a journalist with a camera, so my style does have a photo-journalistic feel to it. In recent years, photographers have coined that as a “lifestyle” style.
What do you get for booking an hour with me? Prior to our session, I’ll learn about you and your family. I’ll share some ideas for images that I think would work. If you have kids (or even if it’s just an adult session), I’ll start with getting some portrait, posed shots. And then, I’ll just encourage you and your family to be. I want to see parents play. I want to see couples hold hands and remember why they love each other. I want to see you be…I want you to have that one moment in time frozen so you can look at it again and again forever and ever.
I don’t live near my immediate family. I know my mother, mother-in-law, father-in-law, siblings, siblings-in-law, nieces, nephews, and friends use the photos I take as a way of getting to know their loved ones who live hours away. It allows them to feel like they’re here for a second even though they can’t physically be with my family. And it allows me to remember what life was like as a sleep deprived mommy of three under five. Sometimes I can’t wait for the chaos of having three tiny ones to end, but as soon as it’s over, I know I’ll miss and long for the days they were all so little I could hold all three on my lap. Luckily, I’ve made that investment, and I have so many memories documented so I can vividly remember the chaotic, endearing, sleep deprived days I live now.