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. 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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