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Documentary Family Photography in Denver

I was very grateful that Jessica, one of my longest-term lifestyle clients, agreed to try a session of documentary family photography in Denver this summer.  One of the biggest challenges I'm facing with transitioning my business into a more documentary style is that my existing clients aren't sure they want to go with me.  Day in the Life photography is relatively new, largely unknown to the general public, and while I get a lot of excitement about the concept, when it comes to committing to a session, it's difficult for them to walk away from more traditional photos. One thing Jessica and I agreed upon was that we would take time to shoot a very short session of traditional posed where kids get dressed up and they get something more typical for their Christmas cards.  I think that makes it an easier decision for her  and I plan to offer that to all my clients.

I still feel strongly about my posed lifestyle photography but I am moving toward documentary work because it feels so much more emotional to me.  I want my clients to be deeply moved when they see their photos, I want them to see sides of themselves, their partners, parents, or children that they don't see all the time.  Documentary family photos are a window into life today that a cute posed photo by a Christmas tree in September will never give you.

A funny side note to this session:  the cat doesn't belong to them.  Both kids, separately, told me the cat was theirs and so I took a number of photographs of him.  Later when I asked mom and dad when they got a cat they said "Cat?  What cat?"  Evidently the cat, Pickles, has been hanging around their house a lot since these photos were taken, so he's included as an honorary family member.

Grandma blowdries her hair while grandaughter watches in mirror
Grandma blowdries her hair while grandaughter watches in mirror
Toddler boy facing off with cat about four feet away.
Toddler boy facing off with cat about four feet away.
Silhouette of kids running out the front door.
Silhouette of kids running out the front door.
Family hanging out on the back porch.
Family hanging out on the back porch.
Over the shoulder photo man playing guitar while family gathers in teh background.
Over the shoulder photo man playing guitar while family gathers in teh background.
Grandpa throws football to little boy and girl.
Grandpa throws football to little boy and girl.
Profile of handsome man playing guitar.
Profile of handsome man playing guitar.
Closeup of little boy on plastic horse drinking a juice box.
Closeup of little boy on plastic horse drinking a juice box.
Little girl wiggles a loose tooth.
Little girl wiggles a loose tooth.
Little boy licking his mom's chin.
Little boy licking his mom's chin.
Kids playing in the yard with a plastic horse on springs and a teepee in the background.
Kids playing in the yard with a plastic horse on springs and a teepee in the background.
Woman hanging out on her porch.
Woman hanging out on her porch.
Little boy holds a football in a doorway.
Little boy holds a football in a doorway.
Grandparents at a picnic table.
Grandparents at a picnic table.
Beautiful woman looking away.
Beautiful woman looking away.
Boy and girl playing under a tent.
Boy and girl playing under a tent.
Four up photo of girl dancing in her living room.
Four up photo of girl dancing in her living room.

I was treated to a fabulous dance performance to the painfully cute French version of The Gummy Bear Song.

I'm anxious to know how John, Jessica, Janine and Jim feel about these photos.

I'm interested to know what you think, too.

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Day in the Life Photography - The Beauty of Being

A common theme I hear about Day in the Life Photography is that people think themselves boring.  "We just don't do anything that interesting", they say.  "I can't imagine what we would do for all that time", when I explain a Day in the Life Session could run half the day.  Until you've looked at a lot of DITL photos and understood the context in which they were taken, it's difficult to appreciate that the photos are beautiful because people are beautiful, not because they were doing the most perfect thing in the most perfect location. Day in the Life sessions are about the small spaces in your life, not just the big moments.  We tend to remember our lives through our photographs, we share our family history with our friends and progeny by looking at photos.  I wish I had photos of what my room looked like when I was seven and I had built a castle of cardboard boxes for my stuffed animals.  I wish there were photos of when my mom decided to make marzipan and we spent an afternoon making little candy fruits and shapes.   I wish there were photos of my mom's art studio when we lived on Washington Island.  It's hard to share my childhood stories because there is no visual representation of any of those moments.  Day in the Life Photography helps you capture the beauty of being alive, of being you.

Boy eating steaming noodles.
Boy eating steaming noodles.
Men drinking beer, hanging out with dogs.
Men drinking beer, hanging out with dogs.
Girl drawing at the table.
Girl drawing at the table.
Man sitting in a chair next to a lamp.
Man sitting in a chair next to a lamp.
Man cooking breakfast.
Man cooking breakfast.
Family in their car with the dog in the center.
Family in their car with the dog in the center.
Black and white of a group with birthday candles
Black and white of a group with birthday candles

What part of your life today goes undocumented but will probably be the source of some of your favorite memories?

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A Day in the Life of a Daughter

My third installment of the series on Kim Baum A day in the life of a daughter:  Kim's life is an incredible balance between business owner, veterinarian, ranch hand, wife, mother, friend, and daughter.   One of the most important roles she plays is that of primary care-giver to her 85 year old mother.  Kim's mom, Patsy, is a feisty gal who still lives a mostly independent life in a separate house on the Silver Buckle Ranch.  But Patsy has health problems and a touch of dementia and honestly, living single on a ranch is pretty lonesome.  So Kim spends a lot of time with her mom.  Patsy comes over for dinner each night, Kim brings Patsy along on her errands as often as she can, and includes her as much as Patsy is able.  Kim takes care of Patsy's bills, medical appointments, and all her shopping.

Older woman in a kitchen looking bord while women in background cook.
Older woman in a kitchen looking bord while women in background cook.
Older woman looks on as her daughter cooks.
Older woman looks on as her daughter cooks.
Three women hovering by a stove, a short older woman in the back.
Three women hovering by a stove, a short older woman in the back.
People playing cards at a table while an old woman sleeps in the background.
People playing cards at a table while an old woman sleeps in the background.
Women hugging.
Women hugging.
Two women sit on a benh on an ranch in the dirt.
Two women sit on a benh on an ranch in the dirt.
Old woman rubs her nose as another woman does her hair.
Old woman rubs her nose as another woman does her hair.
Woman using a blowdryer on another woman's hair in a bathroom.
Woman using a blowdryer on another woman's hair in a bathroom.
Woman spraying hair of her elderly mom.
Woman spraying hair of her elderly mom.
Women walking away from camera arm in arm on a farm.
Women walking away from camera arm in arm on a farm.
Women hugging, one touches the face of the other.
Women hugging, one touches the face of the other.
Emotional photo of woman hugging her mom.
Emotional photo of woman hugging her mom.

 

Day in the life photography captures your life as it really is right now.  The photos are a record of the ordinary and extrordinary facts of who you are and all you contribute.

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