1st birthday :: miller

Can I just say what a JOY it is to have the honor of being invited to attend and photograph the 1st birthday party of a baby whose birth I also witnessed? What a privilege it is to be invited back, over and over again, into a family’s life like this.

Miller’s parents threw him a sweet first birthday party with a Where The Wild Things Are theme. There were amazing decorations, scrumptious cake, fun friends…. and lots of crying! Hah! For whatever reason, Miller was a bit terrorized by CAKE. But even that reaction is amazing and unforgettable.

Happy Birthday, Miller! And congratulations, Bailey and George, on successfully completing your first year of parenthood!

1st birthday :: felicity

All of life is full of stories, of moments both planned and spontaneous, scripted and raw, momentous and miniature. I encourage you to take a moment to take inventory of where there are stories in your life. Make yourself a list:

  • your family’s typical morning routine

  • your child’s baseball game

  • a hike in the woods on a saturday

  • homeschooling around the table

  • the weekly trip to the farmer’s market to pick up your CSA

  • your child’s birthday party…

And then ask yourself if any of these stories are begging your heart to be documented and turned into keepsake images, reminders to you for years to come of the gifts of this one wild and precious life.

For this family, they’re counted their daughters’ first birthday parties on their list of stories worth telling, and I’ve been honored to document both. I come to the party and make photographs of the amazing details this creative mama painstakingly planned and executed, the guests (who are the people dearest to them in this season of their life), and a few family portraits on the front or back end of the party.

Have a look…

Make your list of the stories unfolding in your life, then choose one or two that are begging to be told. Then give me a call, ok? I’ll be there.

personal :: spring 2019

In the fall, our family moved from the city to what I like to call psuedo-country. We found an old farm house on a little acre of land that abuts the woods but is still under 20 minutes from the city and made our best offer. Now we call it home. The change has been drastic in some ways, but also a homecoming and a relief! We’re so happy to be here in this sweet spot where our kids can run wild and free and nature can be a balm to heal and replenish us.

I’ve been taking many photos since we moved, and I thought I’d share some of them in this space so you can see how I also celebrate the sacred ordinary of my own life, just as I’m always trying to encourage others to hire me to do with them, and teaching others to do on their own.

My Light + Life Workshop is back by popular demand and there are a few spots left. Join me for a casual and friendly retreat-like day to learn how to use your DSLR camera for all that it’s worth (yup, you’ll learn how to shoot in manual mode so you can have better technical results) AND how to tell a meaningful story with your images. Food and drinks are included, and so is a practice shoot followed by gentle critique.

And now back to the part where you can see MY family in its raw, unscripted form. I love these people and this life so much…

fresh 48 :: gwen marian

When I photograph a home birth it often involves slipping into a home in the dark of night and leaving again before dawn when the older siblings awaken. And in those cases, having me come back the next day in the daylight to photograph the entire family together after rest and freshening have happened for the mama and daddy. So that’s what we did here (you can find their birth story blogged over at Sister Birth).

This family is so sweet, and I love the enthusiasm coming from each of the older siblings over their new baby sister.

Additionally, this family opted to have some extended family present during the Fresh48, so we were sure to get them into some shots as well. Both baby’s great-grandmother and Auntie are pictured here…

family photojournalism :: the kuchan family 2019

I love this family’s funk and fashion. They’re so delightful, with creativity and nurture pouring out of them. I always feel right at home amongst them, and their steady life is grounding and peaceful. These are some of the reasons why I’m so glad they have another child. Thought I’ve known them since their Meris was a tiny baby, it was so sweet to meet Alaster and document some of what their life has been like now that he is in it.

Don’t miss the opportunity to make images like these of your own unique and wonderful family. Each family has it’s own flavor and culture and EVERY one is wondrous.