This session was very special to me because this family is dear to me. You'll never find better people in this world than these folks right here.
In the past, I've talked about my grandparents and how influential they were in my life (you can read a blog post about them here). One of the things I talk a lot about is their house and their enormous 1 acre "garden". I use the quotation marks because I really feel like garden is an inadequate term...to 6 year old me, it was a never ending wonderland- it was as big as the world.
I've mentioned that as an adult, I wish I had a picture of me and my grandpa in the garden together. What I wouldn't give for a photo of us! So, when the opportunity presented itself at this session, my heart literally leapt in my chest.
I couldn't believe that I was getting the chance to photograph this memory for this little girl. I hope that she will look back on this photo with the fondness that I would if I had it of myself. I hope I captured the feelings of being out there in the garden with their grandpa and his garden.
I also watched along as they made homemade mickey-shaped strawberry pancakes for breakfast and did the usual morning things. But if you ask me, the everyday is so, so beautiful. This is the good stuff.
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The other day, I had the absolute pleasure to document a morning in the life of this family in their Portsmouth, Virginia home.
Charming doesn't even begin to describe their morning.
I arrived and entered into the most soul warming scents of home, kielbasa frying on the stove, pancakes cooking in cast iron skillets. Windows were open and letting in the cool, fresh morning air. Music was softly playing. Dappled light fell beautifully on the kitchen table adorned with fresh cut hydrangeas. And the cutest little toddler "helping" around in the kitchen.
They showed me their favorite things about their little home and showed me snippets of their life which they thoughtfully documented with a vintage instant camera. We made our way out into the garden and the warm sunshine to pick some fresh tomatoes and to swing on his favorite swing.
It was an easy morning, relishing in the slow pace of life they enjoy so much.
I tried to document what it felt like to be in their home, because this season of life will soon be over and they will be moving on to their next adventure. I hope that one day this little buddy (and his parents) will look back on these pictures with so much fondness.
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This sweet mama reached out to me to document one of life's greatest moments- a homecoming. After many, many months of being separated the end was finally in sight and it was time to start planning a celebration.
And let me tell you, there's nothing quite like a homecoming celebration.
It was time for this family of 5 to be whole again.
It was time for this father to hold his little curly headed girls again. It was time for him to kiss his wife again. It was time to sleep in his own bed, in the comfort of his own home. It was time for that mama to release that breath she'd been holding for so long and breathe in the relief that comes with knowing that he's finally home.
It's really hard to put into words the feelings of being there, but I have experienced it on both sides. I've been at many homecomings for my own little family, I've been present at many other family's homecomings to document their day, and I've been there when my dearest cousin came home from Iraq.
But, I'm not a writer who can string together words to create eloquent prose that stirs your soul and makes you feel like you are there in the midst...but I am a visual storyteller. So, I'll just let the photos do the talking.
In case you are curious, I do homecomings on a case by case basis. Feel free to reach out to me via the Contact tab above if you'd like to talk about booking me to document your special day.
Jess is a photographer serving families located in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia. She specializes in documentary and storytelling photography.