The family's home, somewhere in Chesapeake, May 2023.
It was the rainiest of the rainiest days in Chesapeake. Seriously, the neighboring city even had a tornado. But, luckily for us, since this was an in home session and totally documentary in nature, we still just went with it. And, I was there for HALF the day! You know me, the longer the session, the better.
After all, life happens rain or shine.
In a strange turn of events, the rain broke and the brightest, warmest sun came out for about 30 minutes. It was a glorious trip to the backyard, even the big kids joined us out there. Without cell phones. What the heck? We had surely entered the Twilight Zone. Or the Upside Down.
The storm returned, more fierce than before, so they decided what better way to spend the evening than playing with the babies (yes, babies- there are two!), hanging out, and making homemade pizza.
Was there downtime? Yes. Were messes made? Yes. Were cell phones and electronics on? Yes. Does that make this day any less worthy of being documented? Absolutely not.
This is life. This is the everyday.
This is what these kids are going to look back on to remember when their memory gets a little hazy.
These are the pictures that will make up their childhood and that they will return to again and again.
These are the pictures that Mom and Dad are going to look back on and say, "Remember when..."
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I've been to this little house in Norfolk more than a few times, I've been photographing them for years now.
(Can I just say what an incredible honor that is?)
I was brought on to do a special session for them as a dear friend is moving away and this was sort of like a "goodbye" session. An end to a very sweet chapter in their lives.
The bond they've formed was so precious to watch and to document. As a mother, I appreciate little friendships like this all the more.
We began our day picking up their little friend and heading out to their favorite park in Norfolk. I have to say, it's one of mine too!
Then we headed to the library for some good books (and to return old ones) and to play in their fantastic playroom.
From there we stopped at May's Parlor Norfolk for the best pastries and cruffins you've ever tasted. (side note: I got the house salad and I kid you not it was one of the best salads I've ever had in my life and I eat salads all day every day. Also, I need to put in a plug for their lemon dill chicken salad because it was the most refreshing and flavorful chicken salad I've ever had! My client got the cinnamon rolls and I stole a piece of that too and it was delicious!)
During nap time for the little one, we spent some time playing outside and filled up the little pool. It's so nostalgically summer isn't it? It just doesn't feel like summer without one of those blue plastic pools!
We hung out around the house for the rest of the day playing, reading books, and eating snacks.
It was a perfectly normal day, perfect for documenting the little moments that make up the majority of our days.
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A Western Branch, Chesapeake Day in the Life Session
Life in the Western Branch area of Chesapeake is the best of both worlds. You're on the river, with a beautifully small community, yet close enough to everything in all the big cities and the beach.
This family I have known for years. They asked me to come out and document a typical evening spent with family out on the river.
Good food, good company, some crabbing (those iconic Chesapeake blue crabs!), lots of laughs, and a little paddling.
I don't know about you, but that's pretty much my idea of a perfect evening...add in a gorgeous sunset and breathtaking moonrise...oh wait, there was that too. So, I guess it was perfect.
There's something really special about enjoying a really low-key evening on the river without much planned. Life sort of slows down, there's no timeline for things except that you better eat while it's hot... there's no distractions... you're just unplugged for a while with the ones you love.
It felt like a good night to make memories.
And that's just what they did.
If you'd like to schedule your own Day in the Life session, let's connect (you can click here to email me). I want to hear about your family and what it is you want to remember about this season of life.
I want to hear about what's important to you.
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Jess is a photographer serving families located in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia. She specializes in documentary and storytelling photography.