The sun rises and sets with you | Washington, DC Documentary Photographer
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Together we rise. 

This is a visual love story between a mother and child, of their bond that is as certain as the sun rising and setting day after day.

This truly was the kind of Life Story session that I dream about. It was authentic, full of raw emotions and universal expressions of motherhood. This storytelling session candidly portrays the daily rituals of a mother and babe at the end of the busy workday, running home from daycare to spend some quality time together before bedtime.

When Allison contacted me about doing a documentary session, she had a really special request: that it didn't end with bedtime so that we could capture the special time she shares with Enzo as they wake together each morning. We agreed for me to stay over so that I could be there come dawn to capture their waking moments, snuggled in bed, nursing and playing before beginning another hectic workday. 

If you would be interested in having a part of your daily life captured through my lens, please contact me to book. I am available for limited travel sessions. I am offering a discount on Life Story documentary sessions that are booked and shot during the month of August. 

Fair warning: If you get squeamish about the feminine figure, and mothers nursing their babes, then you might want to close right out of this post. This is a very intimate portrayal of motherhood- the daily rituals of caring for a baby, nursing to sleep, and nursing upon waking.   


What kind of life story would you like us to tell during our session?

These images are mainly for me. I want real snapshots of our life together.

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We start with getting home, checking the mail together, changing into play clothes to go outside. 

AnneMarie Hamant Portraits + Stories Philadelphia PA Documentary Photographer
AnneMarie Hamant Portraits + Stories Philadelphia PA Documentary Photographer

We go sit at the pool, on the lawn, or sit on our porch and read a book. 

We take a bath, sing/dance, brush mommy's teeth and read before breast feeding and bed.

Why is it important to you to document this particular life story? What do these images of your everyday family life mean to you?

This is the hardest most amazing chapter of my life so far. When I'm not busy working, folding laundry and contemplating our life together, I'm trying to be incredibly present to him. I'm so in awe of this motherhood journey, but haven't documented it as well as I'd like to. I have very few images of us together, and sadly, most of them are selfies. Although I'm busying myself trying to build a life for us, I don't want to lose sight of the value of savoring the quiet, intimate moments of our life, too. I'm trying to capture this chapter before he's all grown up. 

I feel these images deep in my core. Allison and I chatted about where we're at in life, and she asked me a really good question: What does living the fullest life look like for me? I had no answer for that question at the moment but it's one to really sit with for a while. After spending the past few days working with this story, I realized I am already living it. I need to remember that :) Creating art out of the beauty of motherhood, childhood, and family life feels very much like living this life to the fullest. 

Would you like an authentic, documentary photography session with me?  Please contact me for details. I am available for travel for Life Story sessions. 

Life Stories Documentary Session: Summer Living | Lehigh Valley Family Photographer

Introducing Life Stories Sessions. 

Lehigh Valley Photographer

your life.

my lens. 

Often times my clients comment that they love they way I capture my family's everyday chaos, the tiny moments throughout our day. How do I make such simple things look so magical? 

I want to create more client work that mirrors my personal work.

My heart is truly devoted to capturing your authentic life stories. As much as I love lifestyle sessions that take are gently posed in parks and in the most beautiful sunset light, I love at-home storytelling sessions because children are in their element and the stories feel most authentic. 

What are Life Stories Sessions? 

Think of them as photo-journalistic short stories of your daily life. A snippet of your family together at home.

Unposed. Real. Candid. 

I spent the most amazing summer evening with this sweet family the other night. I love their reflections about our session to complete their photo story. I can't wait to see these images in a coffee-table album for the kids to look back on!


What kind of life story would you like us to tell during our session?

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Daily life after daddy gets home. Trying to squeeze in those extra daylight hours and soak up summer. Dinner, dessert, playtime and garden chores. 

AnneMarie Hamant Portraits and Stories Lehigh Valley Photographer

Why is it important to you to document this particular life story? What do these images of your everyday family life mean to you?

AnneMarie Hamant Portraits and Stories Lehigh Valley Photographer

Documenting the real life "raw-ness" is important because we live it every day. It is really never reflected in picture format because we are almost always behind the lens.

AnneMarie Hamant Portraits and Stories Lehigh Valley Photographer

Imagine you are looking at a picture album of your Life Story Session years from now. What types of moments do you hope to see in it? What do you hope to remember about this time in your family's life when you look back in 10 years?

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LOVE! And chaos of course. Chaos is par for the course at this stage in our lives. Life with small children is magical for them and often for us as well, but in between those moments, moments of chaos exist. Those moments, although hard at times while in the thick of it, are the moments I know I will yearn for as they grow older. Most importantly I want to know that my children felt loved and a genuine connection between us as a family.

AnneMarie Hamant Portraits and Stories Lehigh Valley Photographer
AnneMarie Hamant Portraits and Stories Lehigh Valley Photographer
AnneMarie Hamant Portraits and Stories Lehigh Valley Photographer

Where does this story take place? Why is that place important to you?

AnneMarie Hamant Portraits and Stories Lehigh Valley Photographer

Home... because as cliche as it sounds ... that is where the heart is and always has been in our family. We love our home and spend a lot of time here. 

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In this home a baby was born, a first breath into the new world.

AnneMarie Hamant Portraits and Stories Lehigh Valley Photographer

Our dog also took his last breaths here.

AnneMarie Hamant Portraits and Stories Lehigh Valley Photographer
AnneMarie Hamant Portraits and Stories Lehigh Valley Photographer

Really, our home is a sanctuary for us. A safe place to just be who we are.

AnneMarie Hamant Portraits and Stories Lehigh Valley Photographer

Most importantly I want to know that my children felt loved and a genuine connection between us as a family.

If you would love an everyday family life story photographed with my vision of the magic of childhood and simple beauty, please contact me to book a session! My heart bursts in photographing client stories as I do my own family's. Best of all, these sessions don't require loads of outfit planning and effort. We just plan out what part of your daily life you'd like to remember most, and you guys get to hang out at home while I create a beautiful record of your life. 

Poconos Summer | Lake Harmony + Poconos PA Family Photographer
Strawberry Picking | Bucks County PA Child Photographer

It's my favorite time of year! I have so many fond memories of strawberry picking with my mom from the time I was an infant on through adulthood. My mom would jam enough berries to last a year of my PBJ sandwiches. I carry on the tradition with our kids, who especially love toast with butter and jam for breakfast.

We went to Trauger's Farm Market today which is just a pretty country drive away from home. It has been so cold and rainy I didn't expect too much out of the picking yet, but I figured we'd give it a shot since the kids were kind of bored at home today. We were so surprised by how fast the picking was! My kids have never picked so many berries in record speed! (The rock candy treat from their market store was a handy incentive ;) ). 

If you are interested in making jam, I suggest trying Pomona's Universal Pectin instead of the grocery store brands available because it allows you to reduce the sugar by 50% or more. I've been using Pomona's for years now, and it is amazing. Our jam tastes like actual fresh berries rather than refined sugar. You can find it at Wegmans, Whole Foods, or on Amazon :) I'm not a Pomona's rep or anything, I just like to share my experience with something different. And guess what? I called their hotline last night while making the jam with a question about one of the recipes I'd never tried before, and today a real human being called me back and talked to me to troubleshoot! How awesome is that?! 

I hope you get out and enjoy some berry picking with your family! According to Trauger's Farm, they should be out through the month of June.

And lastly, a little tip if you enjoy photographing your family's adventures as I do: I like to go strawberry picking on a cloudy day. The colors pop so much more and otherwise, it is usually harsh mid-day sun and there are so many shadows on the kid's faces. 

Bluebell PA Family Session | The Manor at Prophecy Creek, Blue Bell PA Family Photographer

Somehow I often manage to attract clients that are so like-minded and we just just click instantly. I maintain close relationships with so many of my clients, and I truly love being a part of their lives. I love when I am familiar to the children for their next session and it's like reuniting with old friends. This was my first time working with this sweet family but we just clicked right away. While we walked the beautiful grounds of The Manor House at Prophecy Creek, we chatted about parenting, homeschooling, healthy eating, and their restored barn-turned-home. we had such a relaxed session together and by the end, their shy 3-year old was all smiles and very playful. I want all children to leave a session feeling like they had a great outing with their family- no stress on the child to perform or pose. This casual approach allows me space to capture the little in-between moments and your children's true personalities. This little guy was really interested in how things work, and loved searching the grounds for old screws and bolts. 

Before our session his mama wrote, "I hope that when my son is grown and looks back at these photos he sees how much his dad and I adore him." There was so much love surrounding this little guy, I hope you can feel it through these images. 

 

A Sunset Legacy Session | Lehigh Valley + Bucks County PA Grandparent Photography

Grandparents are a legacy. My Legacy Sessions capture the unique bond between grandparents and grandchildren. My Legacy Sessions can also be booked to honor an aging or ill family member and document a piece of their life story. 

When my client contacted me soon after her Spring family session to book a Legacy Session for her girls and her parents, I was ecstatic. Grandparents play such an important role in our children's lives but if you are like me, there are very few pictures documenting that special bond. What better way to honor their care and connection with your children than a fun and relaxed portrait session documenting the kids snuggling, swinging, and playing with their grandparents. 

If you'd like to book a Legacy Session for a family member, please get in touch! I'd love to talk with you about how we can honor your family. 

Mother + daughter session | Lehigh Valley & Bucks County Family Photographer

I'm sharing this beautiful motherhood session because I really believe we have to celebrate all the mamas that are willing to step in front of the camera, forget about any insecurities, and capture their intimate connection with their little loves. This mama really wanted to tell the story of the innocence of childhood before her girls grow up, and I think the magical light we used and giving the girls plenty of time and space for free play in the grass and willows allowed us to do just that.  

A girl and her puppy | Frenchtown NJ Family Photographer

My client contacted me about a childhood session in Frenchtown NJ with her 5-year old girl and asked if it would be ok to include her french bulldog puppy, I was super excited. I love the documenting the connection between children and their pets, their lovies, and their families, so including her new best friend was a fabulous idea! Penny + Mae made for the cutest duo ever! We walked the canal trail together, picked wildflowers, and then walked over to the creek and played on the playground. Such a fun and relaxed Sunday morning child session in Frenchtown. I can't wait to go back to explore that adorable town!

Josephine and cherry blossom snow | Bucks County Family & Child Photographer
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Her expressions never fail me. 

Cherry Blossoms Family Session

This magical session kicked off the Spring season and reminded me just how splendid spring blooms can be after the drab of winter. Magical sunset light and the warm rosey glow of the cherry blossoms made for such a soft, lovely session. 

Amongst the Wildflowers of Early Spring
AnneMarie Hamant Portraits and Stories- Lehigh Valley Family Photographer

This beautiful mama and daughter spent a cloudy spring evening with me last week enjoying this delicious golden yellow field. I just adore little Natalie's pigtails and her dark hair amidst all the bright flowers. So much tender connection between the two of them as they wait in anticipation of baby brother's birth this summer. I am so excited for my motherhood session marathon coming up this weekend! I can't wait to capture your children's spontaneous affection for you :) 

Motherhood Sessions | Lehigh Valley + Bucks County Photographer
Hellertown, PA Motherhood Sessions on Saturday, April 29th

Hellertown, PA Motherhood Sessions on Saturday, April 29th

I am so excited for this to be the Motherhood Sessions Event month! We mothers are often the ones behind the camera, and we often get uncomfortable being IN pictures. But these images of us being with our babies and big kids are so important. The kids only see the woman who makes every day brighter, not the extra 5-10 pounds we'd rather not be carrying, our tired eyes, or any of the other features that we stress about daily.

I had 2 slots open for my motherhood sessions on April 29th and I would love to capture your love through my candid, relaxed portraits with your littles. 

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Featured Artist at Snap Love Grow | Lehigh Valley + Bucks County PA Family Photographer

I was so honored to have been invited to be the featured artist over on the Snap Love Grow Photography blog last week. Have a peek over at their blog to learn more about me and my work!

http://www.snaplovegrow.com/single-post/2017/02/09/Spotlight-Featured-Artist-AnneMarie-Hamant-Photography

One of those days | Lehigh Valley + Bucks County PA Documentary Photographer

Valentine's Day was one of those days this year that was just nonstop action in our house. Every time I turned around, my youngest darlin' was getting into something. She is fighting naptime in a major way and that is just one battle I am not ready to stop fighting yet. This mama needs her downtime to regroup in the afternoons. 

I keep my camera handy at home because when I enter a room and see the children at play or in beautiful light, I enjoy capturing that story on the fly. Here's a little peek at a few highlights from our crazy day. 

Winter Adventures | Warren County + Clinton NJ Child Photographer

We took a little road trip today and had some fun hiking and exploring. Gathering treasures of tiny shells, fossils, driftwood, and just climbing around nature's jungle gym made for the perfect homeschooling morning after our bookwork was finished. I can't wait to get back here for a sunset family session! 

I am currently booking Spring and Summer Child and Family sessions. Please contact me if you would love for me to capture your children at play and are interested in getting on my calendar. 

Sunshine in January | Lehigh Valley + Bucks County PA Child Photographer

SUN! At long last! My kids acted like it was summer. My boys came home from our errands and put on shorts and t-shirts even though it was only 50 degrees. They ran for hours at the park while Josephine did her best to ride the giant hand-me-down scooter that she's been dying to learn to ride. I chatted with one of my besties and we made pictures because who could resist that light after weeks of fog and clouds. 

Do you love my work? I am now booking storytelling sessions to capture the beauty of your family's day-to-day. I'd love to plan a session with you! 

Donuts + playground date | Bucks County Family Photographer

When it's 50 degrees out in January, I declare that we head out for a treat from Yum Yum Bakeshops in Quakertown, and then spend some time burning off the winter energy at the playground that my kids affectionately call, "The Castle Playground." (I have no idea what it is really called, but I know that it is across from the Quakertown Library!)

People might think we photographers are just so obsessed with our own kids that we have to take a million pictures wherever we go. Actually, the truth of it is (for me, at least), is that the art itself is the addiction and you just feel a release when shooting. You see colors, patterns, angles, repetition, lines and light all around you all the time. And on a day like today when my kids just ran and played for over an hour, I got to just play too. I don't ask them to pose and smile, and they just ignore me anyways lol. I just get to capture them being THEMSELVES on a gloomy but warm winter day :) 

And can I just say that as much as I LOVE me some dreamy backlighting, shooting on a cloudy day is so fun! The colors just pop!

When you can't rely on interesting light to make photographs more visually engaging, you have to see things from different perspectives and angles. I am drawn to really balanced and simple images with few distractions. I am drawn to lines and shapes in my imagery. And I just love working with a Sigma Art 24mm lens. Today I left the house with just this lens, and I love how it helps me to capture what I see. 

365 Project Week 2 | Lehigh Valley + Bucks County PA Documentary Family Photographer

We are all feeling a little cooped up with the winter right about now, so even though I am longing to shoot outdoors and in beautiful dreamy backlit fields, this season forces me to turn inward, shoot in less-than-perfect locations and light, accept some grain and high ISOs, and find new nooks of light in my home. We're hanging in there!

If you love my work and would like your family story documented as art, please contact me to schedule an in-home storytelling session. I'd love to find the light and capture the love in your home. 

LOOKSLIKEFILM 2016 Artists of the Year

I am beyond moved to be named one of the LOOKSLIKEFILM 2016 Artists of the Year along with some of the most expressive photographers in our industry today. There is SO much beautiful art being made and shared daily, and it is a tremendous honor to even be included in this gifted community. I still can't even quite believe that my name is on this list. Thank you so much LOOKSLIKEFILM!

Hop on over to their website to soak in some of the most amazing photography from 2016 you've seen yet!