During this past holiday season, I had the pleasure of photographing this family and a few of their beloved Christmas traditions. This was a multi-generational Holiday Storytelling Photography session, purchased at the 2016 Radcliffe Creek School Dance and Auction in Chestertown Maryland. Our photo shoot took place at the grandparents' home while their grandchildren were visiting.
While I call my photo sessions and my type of photography 'Storytelling,' that doesn't necessarily mean that we tell stories during the photo shoots. It just means that the resulting pictures will tell your family's story during this time in your lives. Your set of images will capture your personalities, your love, and how you have fun together during this moment in time. My style of family photography could also be called "family documentary" or "family photojournalism" or "lifestyle photography."
But if one of your family's favorite holiday traditions is reading The Night Before Christmas together, then your Holiday Storytelling Photography session will literally began with a little storytelling! With the original book in hand and fondly remembering the days when her grandparents read it to her, the oldest cousin read The Night Before Christmas to her tiny cousin. This busy two year old was entranced while her older cousin lovingly read to her and introduced her to this beloved family tradition.
"Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house,
not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse."
Just in the small amount of time I was with them, I could tell that they are a tight knit family and they mean the world to each other. It was a joy meeting them and getting a glimpse into what they enjoy doing together at the holidays.
Telling a family's story and recording their traditions is near and dear to my heart. If you would like to follow along in the new year as I continue to tell my own family's story as well as the stories of other families I'm privileged to photograph, sign up here to have these stories sent directly to your inbox.