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A Sunday morning Life Story session | Lehigh Valley Photographer

What do you want to remember about your weekend mornings while the kids are still little?  

I walk into this family's Sunday morning to find their oldest son making pour-over coffee, dad busy in the kitchen cooking up homemade waffles, the kids wrestling on the family room floor and reading stories with mommy. After this family of five gathers together to enjoy breakfast, they spend time doing "Family Church." Listening to worship music together, learning about Scripture, and praying together. After Family Church time, they play board games and daddy puts the youngest up for his nap. What a beautiful winter Sunday morning, cozied up at home sharing a meal, prayer and activity time focused on each other.

I adored every minute of this documentary session and long to tell more of your family routines. These days pass too quickly, and as wonderful as beautiful formal portraits are, there is something so meaningful in preserving the everyday. 

I went back to reveal the gallery slideshow with the family a week later when it was ready. It was SO much fun to see the expressions on the children's faces as they recalled real moments from their day. "Look at S making the coffee all on his own!" "Remember how high M jumped off the couch?" "That was my best game of Yahtzee ever!"

Documentary sessions connect with us because they are memories of childhood, parenting, and celebrate the beauty in your everyday. Sometimes it's really hard to find joy in the daily grind of parenting. But I promise you, these sessions reveal a love and connection in your home that you may not be able to see yourself on those difficult days of "just getting through it."

What's the difference between Lifestyle Photography and Documentary Photography? | |Montgomery County PA Documentary Photographer

You might see me posting a lot about these "Life Story" sessions lately. I'm going to explain a bit about how a Life Story documentary session is different than my traditional lifestyle sessions as we prepare to enter into the fall busy season and people are choosing what kind of portrait experience is best for them. If you are interested in booking a fall family portrait session, either lifestyle or documentary in Montgomery County, PA or the surrounding area, please reach out soon as my calendar is almost booked! There are only so many fall sunsets available so grab a spot now!

What is a "Lifestyle" session?

Most families have had some sort of "lifestyle" photography session done over the years. A "lifestyle" session is more modern than traditional posed portraits with props, and more traditional than a documentary session. It's kind of a comfortable middle ground. In a lifestyle session, I will gently pose your family and lead you into opportunities to connect with each other through touch or movement, in the most beautiful light available to us at an outdoor location- usually a park or a field. You can see a beautiful lifestyle motherhood session on the blog. I help coordinate your clothing and choose a beautiful location. We will do a few poses of everyone looking at me, and then use the rest of our time to connect with your family. These sessions are really beautiful and show connection, emotion and light without the use of any props.

How is a Life Story Documentary Session different from a lifestyle session?

A Life Story session is different than a lifestyle session because it is photojournalistic in nature. Your story, my lens. The session will take place at your home usually, or another location that is essential to the family story. We spend a few hours together and your family goes about the normal routine while I document your family life via my artistic voice. The kids are going to go about their regular play, potty training, bathtime, snacks, etc. Our goal is to give you an artistic representation of your daily life.  We are shooting for an album, to create a picture-story of this little slice of your daily world. 

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What kind of session is right for you?

When this sweet Montgomery County PA family contacted me about booking an end-of-summer session, at first mom had planned on doing a traditional lifestyle session at home. But as we talked more about what she wanted on her walls, and about the family dynamics and children's personalities, she decided that a Life Story documentary session would be more fun for the kids and would capture the authentic, beautiful chaos of life with 3 small children. I was super excited to tell their story.

We spent a little over 2 hours together than evening as the family wrapped up dinner and moved outside to spend quality time together playing water balloons, picking tomatoes, weeding the garden, and eating ice cream. When it was time for bath, I followed everyone in and concluded our story with that bedtime routine. 

Thank you so much, D Family, for inviting me into your beautiful family life. It's been such a joy to capture these moments for you. 

When I asked mom why they wanted to tell their story with a Life Story session, she responded, "The kids are growing up and Tessa is likely the last baby. I'd like to capture what it is really like having such a young family and how much fun and chaos it can be so I have fond memories to look back on and remember."

What story do you want to tell this fall? 

If you are interested in a Philadelphia, Montgomery County, Bucks County or Lehigh Valley Lifestyle or Life Story Documentary family session this fall, please book now. My October calendar is 99% full. September and November have limited availability. 

Poconos Summer | Lake Harmony + Poconos PA Family Photographer
At the orchard | Coopersburg, PA child photographer

It is our favorite time of year, and our fall family traditions include apple picking on the weekend of my husband's birthday. We've been going as a family since our oldest was just 3 weeks old! 

This year we checked out a small mom and pop farm in Coopersburg called Hamilton Orchard. They have a lot of varieties and we even were able to pick the last of summer's peaches. 

Center Valley, PA In-Home Family Session

This was the sweetest family that asked me to come to their home for family portraits and capturing their baby girl at 7 months. We got to capture a fun mix of some of the day-to-day of their children in their home environment as well as some relaxed family portraits. 

Snap Love Grow Featured Photographer

My photo was in the Top 10 feature on the Snap Love Grow Blog this week! The theme was Oh My Heart, and my image captured this sweet moment between my husband and son while William was hospitalized this summer. 

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! 

Miracle Milk Stroll | Lehigh Valley Family Photographer

This weekend I was asked to photograph The Miracle Milk Stroll, an event organized by our local Motherbaby Naturals community. The Stroll took place at Sand Island Park in Bethlehem on Saturday to raise awareness and solidarity for the human milk donation cause, helping babies that could benefit from mommy milk. 

Human milk saves lives.

The Miracle Milk Stroll is a project of the Best for Babes Foundation. Best for Babes is the only mainstream, independent non­-profit dedicated to changing the cultural perception of breastfeeding and human milk and to removing the barriers that prevent millions of moms annually from realizing their personal feeding goals.

Our local host was Kiera Lichtenwalner, owner of the amazing Bethlehem shop which curates quality products that support natural living and parenting, offers doula services, as well as breastfeeding and babywearing support. If you haven't stopped in to the Motherbaby Naturals shop, make sure to check it out-  I am never disappointed with the selection of natural skin care products, cloth diapers, wooden toys, and Kiera's very friendly assistance with babywearing!

So many wonderful local business supported the Miracle Milk Stroll with donations- from baked goods to felted art to Lularoe leggings! It was a lovely morning of yoga, community building, babywearing, breastfeeding, and family time at the park! So many awesome mamas in our community who are donating milk to babies in need! I feel truly honored to be a part of such a supportive group of mamas in the Lehigh Valley.