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It was a very cold January day for Dallas, TX. I had just travelled from Portland, OR back to my old stompin’ grounds (Dallas) to document this sweet family’s day. We had only spoken on the phone a hand full of times before meeting each other early that morning.  A little fact about Lorilei is she LOVES Christmas decor, which she leaves up for a couple months after Christmas (hence all the decorations). Their sweet son, Killian, had actually slept in later than usual that morning so we got to capture him waking, which is always fun. “Hey kid! Here’s a giant camera in your face! Wake up!”  He wasn’t really phased, though.  In fact, he liked the camera!  It’s so nice how the family tends to forget I’m there within a couple hours of stalking them with my camera. Everyone relaxes and I’m able to capture very REAL moments and emotions.

We started the morning by cooking breakfast in their home after Killian helped his dad retrieve the morning paper. Tory is apparently the cook and Lorilei made her daily smoothie, followed by some crafts at the kitchen table, and exploring some water beads in a giant tub of water before venturing out of the house.  Killian usually has a full schedule of fun activities throughout the week and since mom and dad took the day off from lawyering we all got to accompany him to his activities. We started with a nice lunch out then, attended his sports lessons class (which was inside b/c of the cold), followed by private indoor swim lessons. The kid can swim the length of an  olympic pool. Better than me. And he’s FOUR. Quite impressive.  Apparently his dad has been taking him to this pool to swim since he was 6 months old and he took to it really well.

We ran an errand on the way back to their house to pick up a sink/plumbing part for their master bathroom that Killian would help dad repair. Dad prepped dinner while mom and Killian built a gingerbread house.  We enjoyed a nice Italian dinner and they indulged in s’mores in the backyard for dessert.  Afterwards, Killian and his dad worked on a Star Wars Lego project (doing legos is their “thing”) before heading to bedtime routine. They’re geniuses and have a reclining couch IN Killian’s room so they get super comfy during bedtime book reading. Each parent takes their turn reading books before bedtime prayers are said and goodnight kisses are given.

One thing I really enjoy about these storytelling sessions is that I get to learn the nitty gritty details of people’s stories. I get to learn their joys and their struggles.  How they discipline their children. How they reward their children.  They’re favorite foods and the little mannerisms that their kiddos have- but may only stick around for another few months. I get to see who does most of the cooking and what bedtime routines look like. I get to see how the kids adore their parents and the sweet affectionate touches and looks the parents give each other throughout the day. I see how they help balance the load of parenting.  I LEARN from these families. These are the memories worth preserving!

It was such a pleasure and joy serving this family with a full Day in the Life Storytelling Session!  It wasn’t but a couple weeks after their session, one of their sweet 15 year old dogs passed away.  I’m so glad they have these videos and pictures to remember her as a part of their family.

Here’s a quick 1 minute clip of their day (see full version below):

FULL Fusion Video:

Here are some of my favorite images:

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I can’t say enough great things about the day I was blessed to spend with the Terry family documenting their DAY IN THE LIFE.  The timing worked out well too, since I was already in Texas (Houston) for a friend’s wedding and some other shoots so I extended my trip and booked it up to Dallas for a quick 2 day trip to photograph this sweet family.  She was referred to me by some folks in Dallas so I didn’t know this family going into it, though I wonder how we weren’t friends when we lived in Dallas?! We have so much in common it’s crazy. From the moment we spoke on the phone for her pre-session consultation I knew we’d have a blast working together.  Stephanie was great about not “faking” their day in the life… she simply made a list of activities she and the kids do in a typical day and that’s just what they did. We shot on a weekday while her husband was at work so he’s in the evening shots (stay tuned…)

It was a pleasure to document their DAY IN THE LIFE over 12 hours. These sessions are so intriguing to me, because I learn from other families and see how they operate in a typical day.  You REALLY get to know a family in these intimate settings.  You learn every little quirk about the kids and you can see the parents starting to fade towards the end of the day. You get to see grace afforded and discipline given.  THESE are the things that I find great joy in as a photographer. I strive to build deep relationships with my clients and these sessions really allow me to document what we think of as the nitty gritty that’s actually the beauty.  It’s LIFE and it’s BEAUTIFUL.

My goal is to serve a family like I’d want to be served and photograph them and their kiddos they way I’d want someone to document our day. I want to get EVERY little moment that I can… even things like kids washing their hands, sharing food between each other, and meltdowns are something that will be special to reflect upon in years to come.  I like to capture little voices, laughter, temporary speech impediments, and the sound of small feet running on video. I capture the calm and the chaos. Life can be a big blur sometimes so, it’s a gift when families commission me to photograph their raw/real selves and provide tangible prints/albums (in addition to the fusion video) to be cherished for generations.  I hope I’m blessed to document another day in their life in another stage of their lives.

Here’s the Short & Full Fusion Videos and PART I of 3 of still images:



PART I of 3 STILL IMAGES [Pre-nap morning activities]:
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“A DAY IN THE LIFE” photo session…. what is that really? Just what it sounds like! I photographed this family from sun up to sun down one Saturday.  It is one of my favorite sessions to date.  Sometimes it’s difficult to describe what a lifestyle documentary family session is so let’s just call it a “Day in The Life” storytelling session. You can learn more about these sessions here. 

I mostly stay behind the scenes, but of course you’ll find me playing with the kiddos here and there. I also encourage families to just be themselves. Yes, please tidy up your house, but it doesn’t have to be magazine perfect. This session is to capture YOUR uniqueness. YOUR current stage of life. The little quirks your kiddos are deep in. Tantrums and tears. Your Saturday morning routine. Your favorite park down the street. The favorite cafe for lunch. Doing yard work together.  Completing a puzzle together. Getting a hair cut. Washing the car (or dog). Reading books to your littles before bedtime. Whatever is unique to you. This is your story and I want to capture it!!

I find so much joy in capturing these things that are YOU. I didn’t once direct this family what to do. Nor did I turn on or change any of the lighting in the house. I just arrived as the kids were waking up and started shooting and didn’t stop until after dark (14 hours later).  There is so much beauty to be captured in your story. I would be honored to be the one to document that.  Please contact me if you’re interested: 

I really enjoy the Pittman family. They are beautiful, unique, gifted, artistic, musical, intelligent, etc… and I hope these images portray that.  Their home is nestled in a small rainforest in the middle of Portland  so, it’s its own oasis. I arrived just as everyone was waking and beginning their Saturday morning routine. They made biscuits, bacon, eggs, and fruit and enjoyed it in the beautiful Fall sunlight of their all green-house like awesome breakfast nook.  Then, they slowly got dressed and the kiddos played before heading to Home Depot to select some new flowers to plant in their front yard. This is Part I of III blog posts… stay tuned for more.  Enjoy!

You can watch the entire fusion video here:

PART I of III still photos are below:

Part II and II will be available later this week…

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