All posts filed under: Storytelling

Today was a good day

“I sustain myself with the love of my family.” – Maya Angelou I recently spent an afternoon with this sweet family for an brief documentary session. Even a quick glimpse allowed me to capture some of the sweetest family moments.  Between preparing homemade pizza and backyard fun, I was how just being together and surrounded by love is one of life’s greatest gifts.            .     This post was inspired by this week’s WordPress photo challenge. Advertisements

Photographing a story

A conversation with my husband on the way home yesterday: Me: Do you ever feel like Meg Ryan in that movie where she falls in love with Nick Cage (who’s an angel) and she’s riding along on her bike with the wind in her hair, the sun on her smiling face, and (inexplicably) headphones blasting in her ears and then…BAM! Out of nowhere she gets run over by a semi? Husband: Uh, doesn’t that mean she gets to be with Nick Cage forever now? Me: [Sigh.] You’ve clearly never seen the movie.  And that’s not the point. [Trying again.] Have you ever felt like Brad Pitt in that movie where he meets a woman (who’s clearly his soulmate) and has the best conversation of his life and then God decides he needs a human body and promptly runs Brad over with a city bus? Husband: God did what?? Me: Nevermind. Kidding (or not kidding) aside, I’ve had a fabulous week.  I’m beginning work on a personal project that I’m really excited about and hope to …

road trip, car

Finding value in the in-between

“If we are always arriving and departing, it is also true that we are eternally anchored.  One’s destination is never a place but rather a new way of looking at things.” – Henry Miller I have a tendency to hurry, especially when it comes to getting places, literally or figuratively.  I focus on the goal and often consider the process to be a necessary inconvenience. My husband, thankfully, is the opposite.  He can find productivity and joy in the in-between moments and is never bored.  I sincerely hope he passes this ability along to our kids.  Despite his habitual tardiness (finding joy in the in-between moments must come with a downside 😉 ), and mine as a result, I’ve managed to pick up on some these positive behaviors which has helped me see the in-between time not as time wasted, but as time to find value in.  I’m not always successful, but I’m learning to see and appreciate these moments more often, especially when they involve our son. Using my camera has helped me to …

Moments to savor

“How did it get so late so soon? It’s night before it’s afternoon. December is here before it’s June. My goodness how the time has flewn. How did it get so late so soon?” ― Dr. Seuss Our family is spread throughout the country, so we really relish  the time we get to spend with them. We’ve begun a bit of a tradition (I’m choosing to call two years a tradition 🙂 ) where my husband’s mother visits  us on Mother’s Day.  And this year, his dad joined us too. We spent a lot of time on the back porch just enjoying the spring weather and made it out to a Nationals game too (in what felt much more like summer weather). As I watched my son engage with his grandparents and them with him, I found myself wanting to stretch those moments and slow down time.  And take even more pictures. 🙂  A week passes by much too soon when you’re having fun. Next week, my mom and nephews are visiting, so thankfully, we …

It’s a blur

“There is no such thing as perpetual tranquility of mind while we live here; because life itself is but motion, and can never be without desire, nor without fear, no more than without sense.” – Thomas Hobbes There’s nothing more rewarding as a parent than watching my son grow. And even though everyone warned me, I didn’t expect that it would happen so fast. Somehow, in watching other people parent, things seem to happen more slowly. Maybe because I don’t witness the daily developments that turn into bigger milestones. When people ask how my son is doing, I feel like I say the same things month after month. “Oh, he’s running/climbing all over.” Or, “He’s using more words now.” It’s difficult to convey what these cursory reports really mean to us. And likely people don’t really want to hear all the details of how my son mastered a piece of playground equipment that he’s been attempting for weeks. 🙂 It’s hard to explain how special it feels to hear your toddler put a string of words together …

Indoor winter fun

“To live is so startling it leaves little time for anything else.” – Emily Dickinson I recently had an opportunity to photograph friends and learned how much faster kids get as they get older. I thought my toddler was quick, but now I know they get even faster and harder to capture as they grow. And they don’t sit still for long. Or ever.  🙂

Telling stories

“The more you leave out, the more you highlight what you leave in.” ― Henry Green When my family looks back on my photos years from now, I want them to have a sense of what our lives looked and felt like at a moment in time.  What was important to us.  What made us happy.  In addition to the snapshots, I want my pictures to tell our family’s story. It’s not as easy as I imagined when I first set out with this goal.  Different pictures tell different stories.  Sometimes a great picture doesn’t tell the true story.  And sometimes I just miss the shot that tells the story. This photo curation of our family life is fulfilling and challenging and also a bit weighty in its responsibility for telling the story in an accurate way that ideally needs little to no explanation. I’m continually inspired by documentary-style family photographers who share personal stories from their families’ lives.  So I was happy to recently find the wonderful photographers over at The Sham of the Perfect, a blog …