A few weeks ago, I had the absolute honor of traveling up to the Eastern Shore of Virginia to document an afternoon in the life of this sweet family. Every year, they gift a photo session to the grandmother/mother/mother-in-love and I honestly couldn't think of a more perfect gift to give someone I love.
And even better, when I got there, I was instantly welcomed into their lives.
What greater blessing to give thanks for at a family gathering than the family and the gathering. -Robert Brault
I love looking at an ordinary scene and making art out of what I see. Our ordinary moments are so beautiful, we only need to look a little closer.
I immediately was ushered onto a boat for a ride to one of their family's favorite destinations, lovingly named Crab Beach. We searched for crabs and mermaid treasures.
They enjoyed an afternoon of swimming, playing, riding dirt bikes, and eating delicious food.
I couldn't help but to be reminded of my own childhood and thinking of my own past experiences (you can read more about what I have to say about on this topic in this blog) . These familial places that hold deep meaning to our families help to shape our life and our memories. When they think back on their childhood, they will remember the people and the setting- and when these together are combined...it feels a lot like home.
I hope these images are something this family will treasure.
To schedule your own Day in the Life Session, please contact me here or by using the Contact tab above. I would love to talk with you about how best to preserve your memories and how I can serve your family.
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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.
Jess is a photographer serving families located in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia. She specializes in documentary and storytelling photography.