When I was young, I used to pretend I was a gymnast, doing handstands over the arm of our wicker couch, somersaulting onto the cushions. It was one of a thousand habits I had for many years, until the arm got loose and no one knew why.
It’s this kind of thing that I aim to capture during family documentary sessions. Photos that — decades from now — conjure up honest memories that depict exactly how life was. I spend a relaxed day with a family at their home, capturing the unique habits that children have. I think of the furniture, bedroom and toys as their own characters, building lifelong memories.
Family pictures can be so much more than smiles at the camera. They can be real life: playing dress up, fighting with your sibling, getting hurt and then comforted by mom.
I met this couple over 7 years ago when I photographed their wedding! 2 are now 4, and I was delighted to spend the day with them kicking around their house during their documentary session. A few faves…