By the Hour {April}

Last month, though, I did my first "By the Hour" project. The challenge, of course, is to create an interesting photo when the timer goes off - no matter how uninteresting things seem to be at the moment.

And that's really what it's all about, isn't it?

Finding that beautiful bit in the mundane.

Reframing your view of your personal situation and focusing more on all the little things you're thankful for.

And being 100% present, so you can truly experience it. 

Read More

Easter Traditions 2017

You guys all know what a big fan I am of the every day moments, but traditions hold a big place in my heart, too.

And so, it was important to me to film it. To create this living memory of my little boys and my mother doing something I had done as a child, and something they'll do one day with theirs.

To be perfectly honest, though, I wasn't sure how it would go this year, or whether it would be worth filming at all.

Read More

Nicole + Chase's Family

What would you do if I came over with my camera for the afternoon?

Maybe you’d cozy up and read on the couch with your youngest. Maybe you’d bake something special with your oldest. Maybe you’d build a fort from start to finish with your kids – or try, until they took over to get everything just so.

Or maybe, like Nicole’s family, you’d just be.

Read More

It's Not For Everyone

It’s not for everyone, this documentary family photography thing.

I thought it was, initially.

I thought, This style is so meaningful, so beautiful, so magical – anyone would be thrilled to have these sorts of photographs in their home.

But I’ve slowly come to see, it takes a very special kind of person to see the value in documentary photos and family films – and choose that gift for their own family.

I’ve noticed, over the years, that those that do, all share these three defining characteristics.

Read More

A Morning Together: With the Grandkids

Growing up, my grandparents were the sort who would drop everything for my sister and me.

My grandfather would chat away with us during "coffee time", which included slices of apple pie and a Sun Drop for us girls. 

My grandmother was always available for curling up on the couch together with a book or teaching us to knit for the 100th time. 

We'd feed the cat, play Clue, and beg for another guided tour of the basement "treasures" - the highlight being a set of animal traps my grandfather used for hunting as a boy.  

Read More