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The sun rises and sets with you | Washington, DC Documentary Photographer
washington DC documentary photographer

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.

AnneMarie Hamant Portraits + Stories Washington DC Documentary Photographer

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. 

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. 

Best of 2016- Professional | Lehigh Valley + Bucks County Family Photographer

Impossible to narrow it to just 16 favorites, so I will likely share more with time, but here are some of my favorite moments captured for my clients in 2016. In fact, these are only pulling from outdoor work this fall! So many beautiful families, light, and lots of love. Thank you all so much for inviting me into your lives for just a small little window and letting me capture your love. 

Sunrise on the farm family session | Bucks County Family Photographer

Can we just talk for a minute about sunrise light? Oh my goodness it took my breath away. This is one of my amazing repeat families (I've gotten to see them every 3 months for a year!!!! How awesome is that?!) that was truly hardcore enough to meet me for a 7:45am session on a slightly frigid morning on a farm. Sunrise is truly underrated. The quality of light is just as stunning as sunset and our location made for some really warm and cozy fall portraits, as well as fun playtime with the farm animals! The goats were getting a little frisky with us, but my little buddy Grant didn't seem to mind one bit :) 

From tree to table: a storytelling session of apple picking and pie making | Coopersburg PA Family Photographer

When my client contacted me the week of our session with a request for a change in plans for our location, I was totally onboard. Instead of a more traditional family session she proposed a storytelling session of their family baking apple pie. I then continued with the idea and suggested that we visit an apple orchard near their home first to capture the entire story- from tree to table. 

This session was everything my heart longs for in family photography- capturing families being together, engaged in a meaningful activity, capturing the memories of sitting on the counter in mom's kitchen and rolling out dough and cranking the apple peeler. Of dipping your toes into the flour and then one of the pies just to be silly. Of feeding the dog the leftover strips of apple peel.

I hope you enjoy this story as much as I do, and I'd like to send a huge thank-you to Hamilton Orchards for their generous use of their land for our session and for the absolutely delicious apples.  

If you are interested in capturing your holiday family traditions, please contact me to book a storytelling family session at info@annemariehamant.com

Late summer in the meadows | Lehigh Valley Family Photographer

I just love when a family "gets it" when they come to one of my sessions. They came prepared to play- picnic packed, classic books to read with the kids, and were totally cool with spinning and playing with their little ones in the deep meadow of goldenrod. This location is  one of my favorite places at this time of year. The deep color from the goldenrod hints at the fall leaves about to turn. While summer flowers have mostly died from the heat elsewhere, this field is very much alive. We discovered caterpillars and butterflies, the children picked flowers and ran through the mowed paths. Loved this session and this family with all my heart. 

Family Session in the Flower Fields | Montgomery County, PA Family Photographer

The summer sun is setting earlier and earlier these days, and I am so happy that I was able to photograph this beautiful family in these flower fields before the season ends. Their love was so sweet- you can tell just in the way they look at each other. And then there is adorable baby Harper- I loved her smile!

Jackson + Sam: a childhood session | Lehigh Valley Child Photographer

These two sweeties steal my heart every time I get to photograph them. Maybe it's Sam's spunk that reminds me of my Josephine, and Jackson's sense of adventure that reminds me of my own boys his age. Maybe it's the way they squeeze each other tight, or giggle as they tell me about their favorite ice cream flavor (they both like chocolate). We had scheduled this session a few weeks back, but the day we met up Sam wasn't feeling herself- a little virus was brewing and we just knew we'd better call it off and reschedule. I'm so glad we did because these smiles are irreplaceable! 

Welcome Maeve! Growing Family Newborn Session | Coopersburg, PA Newborn Family Photographer

I loved everything about this Growing Family session a few weeks ago as my friends welcomed their fourth baby, sweet Maeve, into their world. Growing Family sessions are my take on newborn photography- a storytelling approach to capture the authentic family life as it ebbs and flows with a new baby in the home, along with some more traditional portraits in the mix (afterall, grandmas love posed portraits, right?). 

With two older brothers and a sister, Maeve is adored beyond measure. I love the images we captured of the family in motion- both at play, and at work in the kitchen. Life goes on with a fourth baby in the house. But still, the awe over this new life is mighty. 

Lehigh Valley Lifestyle Newborn Photographer: Welcoming Baby Stella!
lehigh valley lifestyle newborn photography

I loved every minute photographing this in-home lifestyle newborn session in Nazareth, PA. This sweet family's first born is 2, and was so excited to welcome his new baby sister Stella home! Stella was about one week old when we did her session. What I love so much about lifestyle newborn work is how the older siblings are involved in the session, and I am able to capture just the family being a family- playing with the big kids, changing diapers, soothing and burping their newborn baby. All the emotions, smells, snuggles of a newborn, in their parents calming arms. Parents relaxed and in their own homes. Daddy playing hide-n-seek with big brother while baby nursed in her nursery. So many great moments from this playful session!

Childhood Unplugged Sessions: Documenting Children in Nature- Lehigh Valley Child Photographer

I am so excited to launch my Childhood Unplugged Sessions to document children in nature. I want to capture children at play, exploring, discovering, wondering, taking awe at their natural environment. These are fun sessions that we will style together, choose a location that is comfortable for the family and children's ages, and get out together with our rain boots and play clothes on! Children have a natural curiosity and these sessions allow them freedom to engage in nature without worrying about performing or posing for the camera. If you are a family that enjoys the outdoors, please consider booking a child or family session with me to capture this amazing connection with nature. I have so many great locations in mind for these and we are lucky to live in an area filled with natural playgrounds. 

Childhood unplugged sessions last about one hour, preferably shot the hour before sundown. 

9-month Old Milestone Session: Bucks County, PA Baby Photographer

One of my favorite parts of being a photographer is when I get to develop long-lasting relationships with my clients. I am delighted to be offering lifestyle milestone baby portrait sessions in the Lehigh Valley and Bucks County, PA. I met Grant this Fall when he was 6-months old and it was so fun to see him again this weekend. SO much change in just 3 months! He is crawling, babbling, holding himself up and taking steps while assisted by mom and dad. I also adore his nursery with a woodland animal theme. Love this family's style!

Here are a few favorites from Grant's 9-month old milestone session. I can't wait to see him again this summer to celebrate his first birthday!

If you are interested in lifestyle baby photography for your little one, please contact me for a custom milestones package quote!