Why a documentary session?

As most of you know I am attempting to complete my second year of a 365 project. I take a picture everyday of my family for a year. At the end, I am rewarded with a beautiful book compiled with all of the images. I adore my book! Honestly, I didn't think I would look at it after the new wore off, but I can sit and look at it for hours. With every picture, recalling the exact moment.

While I can't be with your family every day of the year, I still want to document your family the best way I can, with a day in the life session. And before you say it... your house doesn't have to be clean, you don't have to have the most updated magazine worthy belongings, your children don't have to be dressed to the nines, and you certainly don't need to wait until you lose those pesky ten pounds you told yourself you plan to lose this year.  

Let me tell you why.

Today was Dr. Suess dress up day for my little man. I admit, he has it rough being the third child. I've lost all desire for spending hours or days even planning and putting together outfits to insure my children look spectacular for these days. So at 9pm last night I throw together this Cat in the Hat costume, borrowing a hat from a friend. After setting my camera up and giving the remote to my son to take pictures as he chooses, I sit down to edit.   My first thought...most people don't get these type images. With themselves in the picture during moments that are so quickly forgotten and thankless as we prepare for these "dress up days." And then I zoomed in on the image and the look on my son's face made my heart melt. Several years from now, looking back on these images, it won't matter that the clothes on the floor didn't get put away or those lego's have been in the same spot for almost a week. Because I'm going to look back and see that face, and remember the countless hours my daughter played with those lego's, and that we were blessed enough to have (way too many) clothes to have to wash. And when my kids look back on these images, they won't see how much I weigh, or that my cabinets don't have doors because I never completed that project. They will see that I cared, that I tried. 

Today was Dr. Suess dress up day for my little man. I admit, he has it rough being the third child. I've lost all desire for spending hours or days even planning and putting together outfits to insure my children look spectacular for these days. So at 9pm last night I throw together this Cat in the Hat costume, borrowing a hat from a friend. After setting my camera up and giving the remote to my son to take pictures as he chooses, I sit down to edit.  

My first thought...most people don't get these type images. With themselves in the picture during moments that are so quickly forgotten and thankless as we prepare for these "dress up days." And then I zoomed in on the image and the look on my son's face made my heart melt.

Several years from now, looking back on these images, it won't matter that the clothes on the floor didn't get put away or those lego's have been in the same spot for almost a week. Because I'm going to look back and see that face, and remember the countless hours my daughter played with those lego's, and that we were blessed enough to have (way too many) clothes to have to wash. And when my kids look back on these images, they won't see how much I weigh, or that my cabinets don't have doors because I never completed that project. They will see that I cared, that I tried. 

There is no better story than your story. And what better way to tell it than the most real, honest, and authentic way possible. Through documentary photography.

There is no better story than your story. And what better way to tell it than the most real, honest, and authentic way possible. Through documentary photography.

I would love nothing more than to spend a day with your family and tell your story through my eyes. Even the mundane moments tell so much. Having something so real documentented will mean so much to your children. So if you don't do if for you, do it for them.