WILL IT BE AWKWARD? How does a day with a documentary family photographer FEEL?

WILL IT BE AWKWARD? How does a day with a documentary family photographer FEEL?

When I walked into this beautiful Austin home this spring, nobody was uncertain about how our documentary family session would feel. One of my favorite things about repeat Day in the Life clients is the ease with which we fall into the day, comfortable and trusting, excited but relaxed. The last time I photographed this family, Finn was a wee toddler full of big feelings. The family was renting before buying into this Travis Heights dream home some months later). There were questions. Lots. 

But it turns out, these questions aren't just on the minds of scheduled clients -- they're also on the minds of those still wondering if a documentary family photo session is for them at all.

Into the Wild: How I Pulled Off a Month Unplugged with Kids (and why!)

Into the Wild: How I Pulled Off a Month Unplugged with Kids (and why!)

So, here’s how it went down.  The kids were newborns, then infants, then toddlers. They were a ton of work, and honestly not very good companions. So I did what we all do – I sought out the company of friends with kids to pass the time with. The kids would play (or cry, or sleep), and we’d talk, laugh, day-drink. It was delightful. They had friends, I had friends, we didn’t have to spend every waking second with one another . . . win win. And then the kids basically grew up.

I HATE having my picture taken!

I HATE having my picture taken!

The more you put something off, the more you dread it. The more you dread it, the more you put it off. It’s a vicious cycle, and it’s scientifically proven to be a real thing

  • Cleaning out your sock drawer (me)

  • Tossing out the mismatched, long-disfavored toys (my friend)

  • Replacing that lightbulb (me)

  • Going to the dentist (everyone)

  • Donating those too-tight jeans (me)

  • Having family photos made (you)

And who wouldn’t put off family photos?