An Afternoon with the Book Family

It's especially fun for me to photograph families with kids who are a little older than my own, because I love seeing the beauty of what the next stage of life might look like. For this sweet family, it's homework and after-school snacks around the island, dance parties in the living room and lots of fun outside. Sign me up.

A Morning with Jenna & Jordan

I got to spend a weekend morning with these two lovebirds. Capturing moments during this season so when they're old and gray they have tangible reminders of their life and love right now. In their first apartment, cooking and eating breakfast together, dancing in the living room, walking around their neighborhood and drinking coffee on the front steps. This is the good stuff.

The Magic of Light

 

I finished Summer Murdock's Magic of Light class recently and my head is still spinning, in the best way possible. I feel like a switch has been flipped and now I can't stop seeing light in new ways and noticing it everywhere. For a photographer that's a pretty great feeling. :) There were a lot of technical pieces covered, but my favorite challenge of the class was to learn how to walk into a lighting scenario and see all the different options to shoot. As I continue to embrace my documentary style for in-home sessions, I love the reminder that light can be used in all kinds of ways and found in lots of different places (sun flares through bedroom windows, slices of light at kitchen tables, shadows in the driveway, rim lighting in the backyard, and the list goes on and on). Golden sunset light is fun but in my experience a lot of life's best moments don't often happen there and I'm excited to keep learning, to get better and better at documenting these moments and show families the beauty in their everyday life. 

I pulled together some of my favorite images I took throughout the class, mostly just as a post to look at and remember a really great couple weeks in my journey, but you can enjoy them too if you'd like. Here's to chasing sun flares and shadows and always trying to learn more.

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A Trip to the Park with Adam, Christy, Landon & Graham

Every once in a while it doesn't work for me to go to a family's home for a session so instead we go to a park and I follow them around for an hour while they play. And it's pretty great.  In this case I got to catch up with some college friends and meet their awesome kids too, I'm not sure what could have been better on a Saturday morning. 

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First Day of Kindergarten

It appears that I am that mom who won't think to take a single cell phone picture on the first day of kindergarten, but will have hundreds of pictures of my kid getting ready - because heaven forbid we don't have a picture of our kindergartener brushing her hair. Happy first day E. 

projectTEN :: August 2017

In denial that school starts soon and enjoying every last lazy minute of summertime around here.

(If you're new to the blog, check out the original projectTEN post here, or a gallery of all of my projectTEN posts to date here. I'm so honored to be doing this project alongside other women, check the end of the post for links to their sites.)

Be sure to check out the rest of the talented women who are also doing projectTEN:

Katie Hall (web|fb) | Rae Barnes (web|IG) | Kaylene Bain (web|fb) | Laura Burkholder (web) | Erin Gregerson (web) | Cait Jensen (web|fb) | Paula Richwine (web|fb) | Parker Slaton (web) | Tori Stauffer  (web|fb) | Carolyn Woods (web|fb) |