I specialize in candid, unposed and relaxed in home photos for families, newborns, maternity sessions and Fresh 48 photo sessions.

 

 

 

Break free from the cookie cutter photo sessions.

 

Redefine your family's photography.

 

Make it mean something.

 
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Day in the Life Family Photo Sessions

Day in the Life Sessions are an INCREDIBLE way to really preserve what your life is like in exactly this moment in time.   The more of these I do, the more I appreciate them as the wonderful little time capsules they are.   As a parent, you're always on the lookout for the kids' firsts; tooth fairy visit, riding a two-wheeler, first day of school...  But the lasts??  The lasts are the ones that sneak up on you and you don't even know it.  The paci you thought your son would never, ever give up?  Ya, no--it's gone.  Just like that.  And you don't even know when it happened.  Good thing I was there to take that picture of him clutching it like a life preserver.    Time goes on and one day you realize that your daughter hasn't asked you to check under her bed for monsters lately.   Good thing I got that one for you too.  These sessions are a lifeline to those most precious of days and those times that nobody told you to look out for.

 

Please, please, please don't put off booking one of these sessions because you think your house is too messy or that your family is too boring. I'm highly skilled at getting around messes and not making them the focal point of the image.   I'm a mom too, I have my own messes and I know how you feel.  If you do happen to catch a mess or two in your frames, it's there for a reason--it's telling your beautiful story.  Life is not always a Pottery Barn catalog!!!    Does this family look boring to you?  No.  But they didn't do anything special to entertain me--it's just an average, everyday weekend at home with the kids.   And it's beautiful.  Your life is beautiful too.  

You CAN'T let these memories get away from you.   Get in touch to book your family DITL session.  I promise that you will be forever thankful you did.  

How is this different from a 'regular' family photo session?

You know all that stressing out about trying to coordinate your outfits?   Or about which kid will be the first to have an epic meltdown?  All those knots in your stomach over all the money you're about to spend and how it might just turn out to be be one gigantic mess?   Save all that for some other session with some other photographer because you won't be doing ANY of that with me.  

Instead of 'shushing' and bribing kids for good behavior, we're going to let all the different personalities of your family members shine through in each frame.    You'll be able to see exactly how beautiful your everyday actually is.  We're going to capture natural images that will remind you of what your life is like at exactly this moment in time.   But how, you ask?  It seems like an impossible task!!

We're going to shoot your session in your home.

 Yes, your home.    It's the backdrop for your lives and the most important place on the planet.  It's where your kids begin and end their days.  And where you snuggle and laugh, cry and fight,  play games and goof around.   It's where you live your life and where all your in between moments happen.  Your home is  where you're most comfortable and can be yourselves.

Your photos are like a magic time machine.   

They're capable of taking you back to a specific moment or phase in your life.  It's like what happens when you hear a certain song on the radio and you're suddenly 16 again.    Or how the smell of cotton candy takes you back to the beaches and boardwalks of your favorite vacation spot.   Twenty years from now, as you're flipping through the pages of your album with your grandkids,  you could close your eyes and inhale the scent of your son's hair fresh out of the bath, and see how cute your daughter's toothless smile was.      Those memories come rushing back like it was just yesterday.  

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An Annapolis family reads books with their little boy during and in home maternity session.
A child peeks out of her bathtub during a Day in the Life photo session in Maryland.
Two children in the Annapolis area are relaxed and at ease during a family photo session.

 

The In Between Moments

 

They're the ones that happen while we're waiting for the birthdays, anniversaries, vacations and holidays.

While we're waiting for the annual Pinterest picture perfect family photo shoot.

They're the ones that change the quickest and without any warning.  

The ones that get lost before we even realize they happened.  

They're the ones that matter the most.  

Because it's in those in between moments where we live most of our lives.

They're where you'll find the days of peanut butter and jelly and Barbie Doll shoes.  

Where you'll nurse the scraped up knees and play hours of Go Fish.

They're the day to day rush of life, the flurries of homework and Cub Scout meetings, and stomach bugs.

The temper tantrums and the binkies, blankies and pacis. 

Just like that, the inbetween moments are gone...  

 ...and they're always the ones you wish you could have back.

 

               Ideas for your family photo session                                                                                       

So you *think* you like this idea of documentary photography, but still aren't convinced you have an 'exciting enough' life....   Here are some ideas to get your creative juices flowing and get you inspired to help create a session that is uniquely you!

A Day In The Life--I follow you around for the WHOLE DAY and document it all.   (Or we can do just a few hours--I'm totally flexible--no pressure!)  It's a huge undertaking but it's SO awesome!!  If we do this annually, you can look back each year to see how much has changed (or how much has stayed the same) in your lives.   

Before 8--what goes on in your house in the mornings?  Things like making breakfast, getting dressed, getting teeth brushed, letting the dog out, looking for lost homework, "I can't find my shoe" moments,  running to the bus stop, loading up the car...  Documenting your average work or school day morning makes a great memory. 

After School--what happens after everyone gets home from school and work?  Let's get some images from the other super hectic time of the day.  We can photograph you making dinner, everyone eating dinner together as a family, and the the rush of  getting homework done, getting ready for bed, and story time.

Saturday Mornings--what does a typical weekend morning look like for your family?  Do you make pancakes from scratch?  Do you run around looking for various pieces of sporting equipment and uniforms and rush out the door?  Is it your time to get chores done?   Lots of families enjoy a more leisurely time together and have some fun.  Are you one of them?

Saturday Night Family Time--dinner, games, bath time, movies...  Maybe you and your spouse enjoy some quiet time after the kids are in bed.   This is a great time to capture some relaxed family interactions and fun.

Afternoon in the Park--do your kids have a favorite park that they beg to go to each week?  Pack a picnic lunch and we'll head over there to capture the action!  This is really great to document if you have a place that's special to you and your kids.

Just before the new baby--the last time with just the 2, 3, or 4 of you.   Getting the nursery prepared, looking at new baby clothes, just enjoying your last bits of peace and quiet before the excitement and exhaustion of the new addition arrives would be a special time to document. 

Holiday sessions--baking Christmas cookies, finding your Christmas tree, decorating the tree or other special traditions are fantastic moments to  get on film.  

 

These are just a few ideas to get you thinking about what you might want to have documented.   The possibilities are, of course, infinite.  Let's get to brainstorming  for YOUR unique session!!!!