August 27, 2012

Home Life Documentary Photography

Continuing from last week, my very favorite, hands-down, no-question-about-it, location for any given family photography session is … Home.  Specifically, your home.  Your home is completely unique to you.  Proverbially, it’s where your heart is.  It is deeply personal and filled with your favorite people and dearest belongings.  It holds within its walls your history.  Your kiddos feel completely at home (no pun intended).  It is the very most wonderful place to have a family photography session.


Allow me to chase away some of your objections.  Contrary to what you may believe, I promise:

1.  you do NOT need to obsessively clean and make your home look like an unlived-in museum.

2.  you do not need to perfectly manicure your yard.

3.  you do not need to pick up all the toys.

4.  it’s ok if your kids want to wear their favorite everyday clothes.  or their pajamas.  or their fairy peacock princess dress.  I promise:  in 20 years, you’ll find their choices to be unbelievably precious.


I didn’t give my dear sister-in-law fair warning.  We just called and said we’d be over in a couple minutes to see their menagerie of yard animals.  I certainly didn’t give her time to tidy or tell her that I was bringing my camera, that I was planning to capture the memory of a brief afternoon before dinner.  A waning summer afternoon filled with ducks, chickens, rescued baby quail, swings, toys, house décor, and perhaps some can shooting in the backyard. 


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These images are my gift to my sister-in-law.  A beautiful moment in time … frozen.  Because, as we all know, the days may sometimes feel forever long, but the years fly by in the blink of an eye.

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Orange County Family Documentary Photographer


Life with Kaishon said...

Absolutely lovely.
You inspire me.
I love their kitty.
And their yard.
And their light : )

Anonymous said...

What a gift to her family those are! There are so many beautiful details of her everyday life that I'm sure don't even register to her UNTIL she sees them preserved in a photo. Like the potato head vegetable on her counter. The baskets on the table. So awesome, Susan.

A Circle of Quiet said...

What a beautiful home. And those afternoon shadows are GORGEOUS!

My favorites: I am a sucker for a man holding a baby, and for a teenager smiling!

I would love to live in that house, on that property!


Paula S. said...

Fabulous! Initially I was a bit shocked by the inclusion of the blurry shots, but then it validated what I have felt at times. The blurry one offer a record of our true moments. Authentic is the word I suppose. Life is never crystal clear.

Prairie Mother said...

I just gotta say I love your photography style. I so look forward to each of your posts. Lovely photos here too! The messy undone hair on the little girl holding the cat is exactly how you'll remember her :) Real.

Tracey said...

What a gift to give your sisinlaw! LOVE that blurry one of the kid on the swing!

Anita Johnson said...

I just might have tears in my beautiful!

Tracy P. said...

And a gift to us too, I must say. There's a lot of life going on in those shots--you make a convincing case, that's for sure! :-)

Sharon said...

An absolutely amazing and beautiful gift at that! I felt like I was there.