My purpose as a documentary photographer is to reveal your reality, and my promise to you is that yes, your reality is really beautiful. It’s also really important, so while your ordinary unfolds, I’m here to document those details, layer by layer. Because if not for photos, you’d have no proof of your life and your legacy, and trust me; you’ll want it remembered as it is. Take the documentary leap before your littles get big, your bigs get bigger, your ordinary happenings stop happening, and before all those moments slip swiftly and quietly into only a memory.
Portraits are important, don't get me wrong. But I've learned along the way that posed portraits shouldn't be the main show. Rather, they should compliment the true story of your life. As for perfection? We're all guilty of wanting it, myself included. We want to share the BEST parts of our life, looking our best. We want perfect behavior (bribes) paired with perfect smiles (forced) and perfect weather in a perfect location. But why? Why are we settling for an illusion of perfection, when your reality is what’s beautiful? If we don’t dare to be different, our only evidence of life will be a highlight reel, and for me, just that thought alone feels heavy with regret.
I get it. Documentary is different, and choosing different is difficult. That's why I've addressed your most common worries HERE. What I want you to realize is this: You’re gonna miss this. Life happens in the ordinary, and in the midst of all the mundane, you’ve built this one-of-a kind kinship with your other half. Together, you’ve poured so much soul into your family’s story so hiding it behind artificial photos would be a shame. While everyone else is looking perfect and pretty, you might feel far from the Joneses, but give it time. It’s not about getting your photos noticed. It’s about getting your story remembered.
If you’re thinking your reality is too busy, too boring, too stressful, or too messy, then let me remind you:
Your house isn't messy -- it's your home. Your children aren't wild -- they're kids. You aren't dressed to impress -- you're MOM. And this is your life -- the most beautiful blessing we could ask for.
This is your now. And later, this is what you'll miss.
As for me? I’m married to my best friend, still stupidly in love, and anticipating the start of my own family. I run on Dunkin coffee, CAN NOT say no to a cookie (I don’t even try anymore), and despite my best effort, I always fall asleep mid-movie. My pursuit to happiness? Life’s too short to be serious, so I’m not done being a kid. Last one to the blog is the rotten egg!
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