As a family and newborn photographer, I absolutely love giving families the ability to relive their very favorite memories, long after the time has passed, through photos and films.
For me, those moments are very much wrapped up in every day life - the kiss on the way out the door, the cuddle on the couch while reading a story, the sitting at the table for a meal with family. It's that daily expression of love, in so many little ways, that means the most.
Documenting my own family is much more difficult for me, though, simply because it's just so hard to be in both roles - photographer and mom - at the same time.
So last month, I made the effort to photograph my first "By the Hour" project. The premise is that you take a photo (or few) each hour for 12 hours. At the end, you have a mini "Day in the Life" photo essay, showing your family's real life.
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.
I love how documentary family photography gives us just that.
Here's a glimpse of my day, one day in April, 2017:
I'd love to become your family's photographer and help you hold onto the best parts of your life, at this very moment in time.