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.
Want to know more about what a Day in the Life Session is? Read this blog.
Want to know what to expect when you book a documentary style session with me? Read this blog.
Why documentary photography? Read this one.
"It's not always rainbows and butterflies, but they get along for the most part. A beautifully blended hot mess."
That's what this mama said to me when I delivered their Family Storytelling Session sneak peek to them. And if you're asking me, I thought that was one of the most beautifully honest things I have ever heard.
Have you ever met and come across people that instantly put you in a better mood? Those people who have an absolutely infectious smile? This entire family is like that. How perfectly lovely is that?
This world needs more of that. I'm forever grateful our paths crossed.
With being fairly new to the area, they asked me to come along as they explored a local nature preserve together. (If you've been here a while, you know my answer to anything outside is always yes.) The occasion? Big brother was home visiting from college to celebrate his dad's birthday. A worthy reason for family pictures, don't you think?
During the last part of their session, the part I normally reserve for a few loosely posed photos, I told the kids to get together and they surprised me by doing a football team style "huddle". Of course, I snapped away, as you can imagine. But what I didn't know was the significance of that huddle. They all did the same thing together at the altar when their parents got married. They were a team, they solidified their own bond, they became a family- together.
Are your eyes a little weepy yet? Mine are.
We stayed until it was completely dark and we enjoyed every last minute of the sunset. I even got a few blue hour shots, which I love.
To schedule your own Family Storytelling Session, send me a message here and let's talk about what's important to you and what you want to remember.
One of my favorite things to photograph is a lazy-ish Sunday afternoon. This particular session was felt really comforting. It looked a lot like what I think many of our lives look like, just family hanging out together. Just enjoying the time spent together. Because together is enough.
I was able to photograph a bit of their morning routine, which included a eating a frozen sausage straight from the freezer and the delicious warm pastry, we all know and love, Toaster Strudel. Gosh, I remember getting SO excited when my mom bought these at the store!
They love Legos and did a friendly guys vs. gals building competition. And of course, the kids showed me all of their pets. Little brother showed me his wiggly tooth too! What better way to spend a rainy, freezing cold Sunday afternoon?
Warm, inside, hanging out with the people you love- that's what it's all about.
To schedule your in home Family Storytelling Session, click here to send me a message. I'd love to talk to you about capturing what's important to you.
Also, if you'd like to learn more about in-home sessions, check out these blogs:
Is an In Home Session Right for You?
What to Expect on Your In Home Session
Jess is a photographer serving families located in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia. She specializes in documentary and storytelling photography.