Ya'll. This post is so special to me. I normally describe sessions from my point of view. I think it's important to share how welcomed I felt by a family that I had just met that day (three year old Alice and eleven month old Max almost convinced me to forgo taking photos because they were so intent on sharing their world with me!). And also tell you how exciting it was for me to immerse myself into a Sunday morning family tradition that fully engaged every family member (including the four cats and dogs!). But I would like to start sharing more about the experiences of the unique families that I photograph. This session focused on a time that Megan and Nathan hold dear amidst their weekly routines- Sunday morning family time. Here's what Megan and Nathan had to say about our time together:
"We originally wanted to hire a photographer because we only had 2-3 pictures of all four of us together. Usually, one of us is snapping an iPhone photo of the others, and we don’t have much with all of us. Many of our favorite pictures are quickly taken during the moments when something funny or special has happened. It’s hard getting anyone to sit still for a second but this is how we spend our days and our photos reflect that. So when looking to have “family” pictures taken, we loved the idea of just spending the time with a photographer, capturing these quick moment just as we remember them. We discussed a documentary style to the classic family portrait, hopefully gathering images that show us together, doing the things that we normally do. Sunday mornings are special in our house. We (try to) sleep in. We make BIG cups of coffee, cook big breakfasts, and make big messes. Our daughter Alice is at the age where she is wanting to help, so she is constantly dragging her stool around so that she can get close to whatever we are doing or making. Max is almost one, and smiles and laughs and feeds the dog from his highchair. There’s cooking and cleaning and running and singing. We finally had group pictures of everyone, as well as photos from a three-year-old’s point of view, what a baby does when no one is looking, and we even caught our skeptical cats watching the activities. These photos are exactly what we were hoping to capture. Our session with Yana was super, she set aside the time necessary to document our day, and immersed herself in the scene seamlessly. We now have an amazing collage of what we feel and look forward to every Sunday morning.
Thank you for allowing me to step into your home and document your beautiful story.