If you don’t follow me on facebook, you may not be aware that me and my family will be relocating to Michigan within the next couple weeks, therefor, that means that my photography business will also be moving (duh.) The one thing that makes me nearly weepy about the move is the thought of giving up my awesome clients in Colorado. While I know that they will be in amazing and talented hands with my bestest friend and fellow photographer Kelly, I feel like I strive to have a deep connection with everyone that comes to me to photograph their moments.
I met Amy and her family over the summer, and we instantly hit it off. They were laid back, fun, and super adventurous. I loved chasing around their free-spirited daughter Grace, and capturing Lettie’s 3 month old photos, along with some amazing family portraits that (to this day) remain some of my favorites I’ve ever captured. They also came and visited me during the fall for a mini session, where I was able to see the kiddos again and take some anniversary photos of Amy and Marcel, as well as some dress up photos of the girls for Halloween.
Amy sent me a message a few weeks ago, inquiring about a family session, and my heart sank when I told her that I wouldn’t be able to photograph them for her.
Anyone who tells you that a photographer doesn’t aim to have a unique and special bond with each family they photograph is crazy-pants.
We wanted to do one last session, so Amy had the awesome idea of booking Lettie’s first ever haircut, and have me photograph the entire thing. To be honest, this “documentary style” photo session isn’t my typical one, but I feel like (as a Mom, myself) having these memories documented is something that you can cherish forever. You see, sometimes the “glamour” of photography is lost on my own children. Having grown up with a camera in their face all the time, most of the time I get stink-eyes and grumpy faces when I whip out the camera with them. And that’s okay! I want to document every single phase in my own kids lives, from temper tantrums to cheesy smiles.
And that’s why doing this “lifestyle” type session made my heart happy. I felt like a doting Auntie, taking photos and making silly faces. And I loved every single moment of it.
To me, nothing says documentary photography quite like a classic black and white photo. It’s timeless, and simply showcases the subject and the moment perfectly. Luckily, Amy also loves black and white photos; have I mentioned how much it makes my heart sing when a client says, “I trust you to edit them however you think they look the best.”
I hope Amy loves her special moment and the photos that told the story- from start to finish. Clients that also turn into friends along the way? It makes my “job” so much more fun and meaningful. And when I visit Colorado soon, you better believe I’ll be seeking out this sweet family for a photo session.