Today I would like to introduce you to the family of one of my best and closest friends on the planet: Tracy. And when I say close I mean close. Close as in, I’ve known her since third grade (Mrs. Gauler’s class, represent!) Close as in, I lived with them for a few months during my family’s transition from Oklahoma to Denver. Close as in, I take her family photos and she cuts my hair (please don’t judge her hair-cutting abilities on the state of my hair on a daily basis). Close as in I named her cat. Read More
The following is merely the most recent of all of the millions of times I’ve documented her family. I have to say, though, that this batch is my favorite.
When one of my favorite clients, Audrey, said she wanted to go to the Flat Acres Farm pumpkin patch for this year’s documentary photo session, I was stoked. Pumpkin patches are rad. But I honestly hadn’t realized HOW rad pumpkin patches had become. When I was a kid, I don’t remember them having bouncy houses and petting zoos and ice cream stands.
And whoever came up with the idea to fill a giant vat with dried corn kernels? Someone give that fool a medal. Read More
“If I could tell the story in words, I wouldn’t need to lug around a camera” – Lewis Hine
Every time I sit down to write a blog, this is how I feel. It takes me eons to figure out how to put into words what it is I’m trying to express and most of the time what I come up with fails to truly capture it. At no time has this been more the case than in this particular blog. There is no way that what I’m about to write will do any kind of justice to what Nicole and her family are going through or to what this photoshoot surely meant to them. I just hope that the photos I captured suffice to fill in where my words fail. Read More
How is Emmy a documentary photographer’s dream? Let me count the ways. A ballerina through and through, Emmy doesn’t walk, she leaps and pirouettes through her day, her every movement a photo just waiting to be captured. She radiates 100% confidence and personality and is a nonstop source of hilarious faces… Read More
...oh, and also she thinks she’s a cat.
At the end of a fun-filled day in San Francisco – frolicking on the beach as the Golden Gate Bridge loomed bright and bold in the background, visiting “Smitten”, where the liquid nitrogen they use to make their famous ice cream sinks eerily underneath the glass partition and bellows out like a ghost – I asked my client’s 8-year-old son Donovan, “What was your favorite part of the day?” His answer: “Being with you.”
And then my heart exploded. Read More
Even before what turned out to be my very favorite part of the Ryan’s mini documentary photography session in Denver, I’d already captured so many wonderful, beautiful moments that I knew the family (and I!) would love. So when they told me it was naked baykid jump on the bed time? Well that was just the cherry on top. Read More
When I tell people that my photo sessions are neither posed nor directed, the first thing they ask is: "Okay, then what should we do?" The short answer is: whatever you want! The goal of my photography is to capture your family being themselves, no matter where you are or what you're doing. What we do is up to you!
So here are some ideas about what to do during a documentary family photography session. Read More
I can’t even begin to explain to you the joy I feel when children do super strange stuff. It is hands down my favorite thing to photograph.
Cut to my session with the Ward family... Read More
Any idea that perhaps this photo shoot would be different because I was documenting fur children instead of human children went out the window the second I met the family. Read More
When I started trying to write this blog about the Robbie family I couldn’t figure out how to put into words how beautiful the quiet connection between them all is.
And then I realized that I don’t need to - it comes through loud and clear. Read More