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This is a mega overshare. And I don’t really apologize. Mainly because I have come to really love this family over the years. And this session produced too many fun images not to share.

Last spring we did something new and shot a documentary session one evening. The goal was to capture some of their favorite evening routines that they do together on a regular basis.

Our time together started with a bike ride to their neighborhood park. We stayed a played, climbed trees and threw in a game of hide-and-seek. After a bit, we headed back to their house to cool off with a water balloon fight in the backyard. Which was so fun! When all the balloons were popped it was time for legos and then a bubble bath. The session wrapped up with ice cream, sprinkles and a bedtime story.

We covered a lot of ground in a couple hours. That is the beauty of documentary sessions. Not to mention that they are SO easy. These sessions have zero posing. Zilch. There is no stress to find perfectly coordinated outfits or the perfect location. For documentary sessions you can wear whatever and we can shoot whenever.

The absolute best part of documentary sessions is the type of images that you walk away with. You walk away with a huge gallery full of moments. Real moments. You know all those moments with your child when you are just going about your day and you think, “Man, my kid is so cute right now doing their normal thing. Wish I had my camera”. THOSE are the moments that we will capture. You will actually have those beautifully mundane moments on camera. And you won’t have to take the picture! Win- win!

Are you curious about documentary sessions? I would love to start the conversation with you. Shoot me an email through the contact form and lets chat.

I love to travel. If you follow me on social media, this is not a surprise at all. In fact, I am writing this post from an airplane on the way to Carmel, California for a couple SGP travel sessions. I am so excited to be traveling to a new place. I am thrilled to be getting out of the Texas heat for a bit. I cannot wait to photograph sessions in a new place. And I am tickled that my six-year old son is tagging along. We have big plans for this trip. BIG PLANS. In fact my mind is basically racing with all the things I want to do and see with my son. And how I want to make this a super magical experience for him. 

This particular family loves to travel too. I follow them on social media and am always a tad green with envy watching their travel stories unfold. Not to mention the fact that they are annoyingly beautiful and have three of the cutest boys you have ever seen. Oh, and on top of everything else, they are crazy nice. Basically, I totally admire them. 

Traveling with my own kids is hard. And two of mine are significantly older than their children. Traveling with little people is not for the faint of heart. Especially when they are preschool and under. The diapers, the carseats and baby carriers. The nap times and favorite toys. And the need to constantly keep your eyes on them and keep them safe. It takes a lot of patience. It takes a lot of preparation. It takes a lot of wine too:)

Don’t let me fool you into thinking that I have painted this horrible picture of traveling with children. The thing about traveling with kids is how amazing it is. You definitely don’t get any rest. You will absolutely always come home completely exhausted and feel like you have been beat up. It takes everything out of you. But seeing the world through your kids eyes is priceless. No matter how old they are.

I remember thinking that when we took our two oldest children to China four years ago. At the time, they were five and two. The two year old had never even been on an airplane before we hopped on the 17 hour flight to Japan. We were totally crazy. I spent weeks preparing. It was all consuming. I was afraid that they wouldn’t remember it and that the time and effort would be wasted.

Then I realized that the trip was for our family. Not just the kids. Sure, it was amazing to see the world through their eyes. And yes I love to travel and am ready to go anywhere, anytime. But the trip was for us as a whole. Parents enjoying their children in new locations and experiences. Children exploring and asking questions. Learning how to live out of suitcases, try new foods and get out of the habits and structure of home. Traveling as a family is about the memories you are making. The good ones, the bad ones and definitely the hilarious ones. Because traveling with kids provides a lot of entertainment. 

When I need a restful break, I will check in to a hotel and spa alone. Or maybe fly off to an exotic island with my husband. With my kids, we are after adventure and memory making. I aim to fill their buckets up with so many amazing memories that will go with them for the rest of their lives. 

If you are interested in more information about a family session or travel session with me, I would love to chat. You can reach me through the contact link. And make sure to sign up for my newsletter to stay on top of session updates and new travel location announcements.

 

Photographing this family is always a ton of fun. I adore the kiddos and the parents are pretty fantastic too. I am lucky enough that I generally get to see them a couple times a year.

We had put this session on the calendar a couple months ahead of time before deciding on a location. As the session date approached, mom sends me a text with a picture of this wall and says, “Think we can use this for our session?” I may or may not have squealed out loud. SO much color. SO unique. SO fun. YES, of course we can use it for your session!

The day of the session arrives and I meet them in the parking lot and I see “the wall”. And it is tiny. And so is the parking lot. And the parking lot is actually really busy because it is for a coffee shop. So far, this is not exactly going as I had envisioned in my mind. I wasn’t concerned because I knew we were only planning on spending a few minutes there before heading over to another location for the second half of the session.

Thank goodness mom thought to bring the nanny along. She literally acted as the traffic guard for us. Ha! For real. I would get everyone lined up and start shooting and she would yell, “car”. And we everyone run to move out of the way and let the car pass and then we would do it all over again. It wasn’t exactly calm. But, let me say this, it went pretty perfectly.

I mean, look at these images. The running back and forth provided movement and an action for the kiddos. I am certain, had this wall been located in a big empty parking lot as I had hoped for, the images would not have turned out as well. There would not have been any life in them.

After the cool wall, we headed to another super fun Dallas location to let the kids play and have donuts. This spot was the polar opposite of the last one… No one was around and the kids had tons of space to run. We spent the last 10 minutes (okay, maybe more like 2 minutes) sitting down to eat donuts. I thought that was a pretty rockstar thing for mom to do. Even though they had been asking for donuts the entire time, the kids were only interested in actually eating the sprinkles off and then hoping up to play again:) Typical.

If you are interested in a lifestyle family session with me in the DFW metroplex or beyond, shoot me an email. I would love to hear from you.

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