There's a million reasons to hire a photographer, but when you're born in the midst of a global pandemic, it's even more important to document these days. Having your session at home, in the space where you spend your time and live your life, makes every image that much more meaningful. Even if it's not your forever home, even if it's a rental, even if you think it's cluttered, the list goes on and on.
This sweet family hired me for a few special reasons. They wanted to document this season in their lives, they just moved to a new home, Daddy had the day off of work, their baby was a few months old, grandparents were coming for a visit, and spring was in the air. That's a recipe for a really meaningful session. The icing on top of the cake of nostalgia was that grandma brought mama's baby shoes that she had saved- and this was the fist shoes baby had ever worn!
Mama and Daddy took me through their normal morning routine. Coffee and quiet time on the front porch with Mama, getting dressed, play time, a nice warm bottle, a walk around the backyard , touching flowers, and some more play time before nap.
You see friends, you don't have to do anything special or extraordinary for your session. You are enough. Your life is beautiful. Your ordinary is worthy of remembering.
If you are ready to book your storytelling session with me, click here or on the Contact tab above. I can't wait to start planning your session with you and documenting your wonderful, ordinary days.
Documentary Family Photographers Transforming Perspectives Exhibit | Chesapeake Photographer | Jessica Hubbard
I am so honored (and so proud!) to announce that my image "Beyond the Dirty Glass" was chosen by New York Times photo editor Tiffanie Graham to be included in the Documentary Family Photographers inaugural exhibition , "Transforming Perspectives".
This picture represents a lot of things to me. When the pandemic first began, I was committed to documenting our 2 weeks in quarantine. 2 weeks turned into 3 and 3 turned into 4... and you know the rest of the story. I remember sitting in our playroom floor and staring out the window wanting to be outside, but inside chores needed to be done (scroll down to see the image and you'll see exactly what I'm talking about). I began thinking of all the things that needed to be done and how I should really be more on top of these things (I think you know how quickly we can get sucked into the mom guilt trip rabbit hole), but I was knocked out of my own head by a shrill squeal of delight outside and the familiar roar of my middle child in the midst of play. I looked outside, beyond the dirty glass, to see a scene that absolutely warmed my heart and made me smile ear to ear.
Here's what I wrote about the image:
It's easy to concentrate on our short comings and flaws, but when you look beyond the mess and shift perspective- you'll find a beautiful scene of innocent, barefoot, childhood play and be reminded of life's most simple joys right outside your own filthy window.
I'm including here the Press Release for the exhibit, prepared by Ashleigh Raddatz.
Honest Images of Family Life - Virtual Photography
Exhibition from Documentary Family Photographers
The organization, named Documentary Family Photographers, elevates
authentic imagery by providing a supportive and inclusive community for
Dublin, Ireland – The organization Documentary Family Photographers Worldwide
is pleased to announce the upcoming launch of its highly anticipated inaugural exhibit, which showcases documentary family photographers from around the world.
Documentary Family Photographers (DFP) is a global community, directory, and
photography resource and education platform committed to empowering and
connecting families and photographers from all walks of life. The organization aims to transform perspectives and to create an impact on lives through documentary
photography and community. DFP continuously strives to grow its space in order to
amplify, support, and celebrate the diverse range of photographers in the Documentary Family Photography community and the important work they are doing.
In the organization’s most recent news, DFP is hosting a virtual photography exhibition, entitled Transforming Perspectives, showcasing images from documentary family photographers from around the world on April 5th, 2021. The imagery highlighted in Transforming Perspectives is of true family stories, diverse backgrounds, and celebrates everyday family life - the good, the bad, the funny, and more.
“DFP aims to champion a more inclusive definition of family by showing honest imagery with a wide variety of family compositions and experiences. From over 650 submissions, 50 photographs by 44 photographers from 11 different countries were selected by esteemed juror Tiffanie Graham, a New York Times Photo Editor,” says founder of DFP, Ashleigh Raddatz. “We will be acknowledging a variety of exemplary photographs with three unique awards to recognize the incredible talent of our artists. These photographs, and all of the others, will be featured in an exhibition catalogue and 3D Virtual Gallery, which will be released during the opening reception.”
Transforming Perspectives will be available to viewers online from April 5th – April
For more information about DFP, or to view the exhibit starting April 5th, please visit
About Documentary Family Photographers
Documentary Family Photographers believes in providing people with the ultimate gift of corroboration by connecting audiences with documentary photographers in their area, as well as by encouraging documentary photographers to elevate their imagery and business through guidance and access to insightful education.
Thank you all so much for your support throughout my photography journey. I have been chasing this dream for a long time and it feels really, really incredible to be chosen out of over 650 submissions to be included in this exhibit.
As mentioned above, the exhibit will run until 4/30/21. If you'd like to visit the gallery and vote for the People's Choice Award before the gallery closes, please visit the gallery page here.
Did you know that each Storytelling Session comes with a beautiful set of professionally printed 10 5x7 loose prints? It's true! They can be of all the same image, you can have them each of a different image, or any combination. Keep them for yourself or share them with loved ones. It's up to you!
What makes these prints special is that they are printed with archival inks and on premium photo paper. You can see and feel the difference- it's stunning! This makes a huge impact on the lifespan and quality of these prints. These are your memories after all, they deserve to be hand crafted with care.
One of my favorite things to do with my prints is to place them in a Legacy box that I have created for my family (mostly for my children). I put my favorite prints of them inside an archival photo storage box, along with letters I jot down for them, keepsakes, etc.
For more ways to display your photos and why printing them is important, check out these blogs:
The Power of Prints
Why Print Your Photos NOW + What To Do With Them
Your memories, delivered to you, all tied up with a pretty bow. Because pretty things make us happy, right?
Jess is a photographer serving families located in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia. She specializes in documentary and storytelling photography.