As a documentary photographer, sessions like these make my soul sing. Literally. This family invited me into their Norfolk home for a Sunday afternoon jam session. They are an incredibly talented family and they do it all. Dad plays piano, sings, and produces his own music. Mom sings (and writes her own lyrics) and plays guitar.
Each child is encouraged to follow their own artistic aspirations and given the freedom to explore many instruments. They have access to keyboards, microphones, tambourines, drums, ukuleles, and more. As I sat down on the living room floor with them, I was even handed a maraca. I was so caught up in the music and watching their little girl- she was absolutely incredible. She's going to blow this world away with her voice.
Your yearly family sessions don't have to be generic and posed. They can be as unique as your family and just as beautiful. You've got a story to tell.
Tell it your way.
Capture the little moments that make up your day, the moments that often go unnoticed- these are the ones that make our life rich. And don't worry, I reserve 10 minutes at the end of every session for a posed photo with everyone together.
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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.
Home means different things for all of us, but one thing is certain, our hearts recognize it when we feel it.
I love when I see that in a family session. This is their home in Norfolk. This is where they feel comfortable and safe. They allow me to see them. And when I'm able to photograph them in this truly authentic way, the story takes on a life of its own.
The photos that tell your story are the ones that you will treasure in years to come.
You're going to want to remember how her hands looked clutching her lovey.
You're going to want to remember those tiny wisps of hair, baby fine, and how they felt like silk running through your fingers.
You're going to long to remember the days when it was so easy to hold her on your hip and you could feel the comfortable, safe weight of her little body holding onto you.
You're even going to want to remember how it looked when you changed her into a different dress and struggled to get shoes on her.
You may not think your backyard is the most beautiful or whimsical place to take photos, but I assure you, home is home. And to your family, home is just perfect. And what's breathtakingly beautiful about it is YOU. And to a toddler, it's filled with all of the things they love and are familiar with, yet has endless curiosities. It's filled with memories of make believe games and the adventures of imagination.
It feels like family. It feels like home.
If you are interested in booking your own session for your family or maybe you're getting ready to welcome a new life into the world, please reach out to me. You can click the Contact tab above or simply click here. Fill out the short contact form and I will be in touch within 24 hours and we will start planning your session.
Jess is a photographer serving families located in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia. She specializes in documentary and storytelling photography.