Erin reached out to me
for a documentary family session, because, in her words, “I thought it would be a great way to capture some of the special moments of our everyday life, AND … be much more convenient and realistic for our family. The logistics of getting two small kids dressed and ready for a formal photo session or a location session just seemed too difficult. The Day at Home session was a perfect solution- you come to us and we have the flexibility to deal with nap times, wardrobe changes, fickle toddlers, and still make some beautiful photos.”
Everything about my planning call with Erin made me fall in love with her family! When I asked her about their weekend-day routine, and what were the “pockets of joy” — the moments in her day that brought a smile to her face, or happy tears, it was simple things: seeing her girls learning to play together. Her husband reading with them in his lap. Baking with her oldest. Dress up. And, she wanted to do a little something to celebrate her husband’s birthday, which would fall in the week we were to shoot.
Together we crafted a little timeline so that our morning together would very naturally flow through moments that held all that meaning for them as a family.
With our little blueprint in mind, but also open to whatever the morning would bring, I arrived at their Capitol Hill home around 10 on a winter Saturday morning. We hung out and drank coffee. I was an easy-going guest as their day unfolded, the only thing different than usual was my camera soaking in every little detail.
Afterward, I asked Erin how she saw herself using the photos we’d captured together (in both the near, and distant future) and her reply literally brought tears to my eyes: “I do anticipate looking back at our photos and recalling how we used to be. …our children are small and [these are] the first photos of us as a family since Ivy joined the family this past summer. They grow so quickly so it’s nice to capture some of the daily routines that last for a only a short time. Second, this will be a big year for us as we are moving to Chicago – …in the time since I booked the photo session, my husband has been offered a great new job. It is fortuitous that this session happened as it did because now we have a beautiful set of photos to capture some of our last months in this house.”
When I think of them looking at these photos, years from now, from their settled life in Chicago, and imagine bigger girls with only faint recollections of their life in DC, seeing their bedrooms, their kitchen, the living room where their Daddy read books to them before they could even read for themselves, I get nostalgic for my own childhood photos and I remember places that live only in wavering memories in soft crevices of my mind. And I know that making photographs is a calling.