Social media has trained many of us to yearn for the perfect shot, one that will show our friends, family, and followers how picture perfect our family is. Let's fight that urge and instead take the kinds of holiday photographs our families will be thankful for, for many years to come.
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.
I very rarely (I think maybe once?) offer Fall mini sessions.
But, over the years I've been asked a number of times to have them. The timing usually doesn't work out, but I think we can get it done in 2016! But, for that to happen, we need to plan it now! With my kids going back to school and the start of September this week, I turned the calendar and realized Autumn will be here before we know it. Over the next couple of days, I will be coming up with a location and a date in October for me to come back to the Western Shore. So far, I've had interest in Howard County and Havre de Grace, and I'm trying to narrow it down to just one gorgeous Fall location.
This is where you come in - are you interested in updating your family portrait this Fall?
These mini sessions are a quick and easy way to sample what it's like to work with me at a fraction of the time and cost.
They will be lifestyle in nature, rather than my usual documentary storytelling sessions, so we will meet in a pretty park and I will loosely pose you. Your mini session will be like what you see here in these photos from previous Fall family sessions of mine. This is the perfect opportunity to update your family portrait for your wall, holiday card, and gift giving in just 15-20 minutes.
Want to conquer the holiday overwhelm this year by knocking out that holiday card picture quickly and painlessly?
Have you been thinking about booking a family session for some time, but haven't been sure it's the right fit? Now's the time.
Contact me here and I'll schedule a mini session day near you.
We would pull down the driveway sometime before noon. Grandmom would greet us with a warm, soft hug. Grandpop, a peck on the cheek and a squeeze of the shoulder. The kitchen would be filled with a nice glow from the morning sun. On the table would sit an almost empty box of Dunkin Donuts, brought by my aunt earlier in the morning. Sitting beside it would be a coconut cake in the shape of a lamb for later, made by another one of my aunts, my Great Aunt Madeline. The air would be filled with the smell of ham in the oven and coffee brewing in the special pot my great aunt would set up on her card table.
This is the scene that greeted me at each and every Easter.
After our greetings and before dinner came the Easter Egg Hunt. While the older kids and adults hid the baggies of candy outside around my grandparents' property, the younger cousins and I were required to wait in the house. We would always find a way to peek out the windows.
When dinner was ready, we would eat outside at the picnic table, near my grandparents' brick barbecue. Once we were finished eating, the kids changed into their play clothes and the family played a game of whiffle ball or volleyball.
This is the stuff that childhood memories are made of. These memories of mine are what I think of when I watch my kids celebrate our Easters with my parents. We follow many of the same traditions, but quite a few are different from the ones I remember from my childhood. What I know for sure, the time my kids spend with their grandparents will be among their most treasured childhood memories, and they're making them right now. One Easter, one Christmas, one regular ole family dinner at a time.
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