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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."

Sunset at The Cove | Cape May New Jersey Beach + Destination Photographer

I know.. summer doesn't actually end until late September. But to me, Labor Day is the end of unstructured, carefree family time and vacations. Capturing this family's last day of their beach vacation in Cape May New Jersey was the perfect end to my summer season. One thing I love about Cape May is how you can capture that beautiful sunset light over the water, unlike most east-coast beaches. I also just love the character of the town! Victorian houses, a pedestrian mall filled with cute shops and eateries, and my favorite find on this trip- the very best ice cream sandwiches at Peace Pie!

For this lifestyle session we started in town walking the pedestrian mall together. We stopped into the cutest candy shop and the girls picked out their goodies. (When mom told me later that the kids said she had picked a really fun photographer I chuckled- Sure! The one who suggested we go to the candy store and take pictures with lollipops!) 

I love playing with the deep shadows and harsh light of the early evening- to me that is part of the fun of summer light, especially to capture the whimsical fun of a walk around town. And the bond between these sisters so close in age is just the sweetest. 

After our romp around town, we headed over to the Cove beach in Cape May. It is a beautiful spot that gets a perfect view of the lighthouse and sunset. This family was so playful and affectionate- I just love the connections we captured during our time together. It was the perfect way to end the summer!

If you love my work and would like your family vacation to be documented, I love to travel for sessions! Please inquire if you'd like to book a destination portrait session with me!

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. 

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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. 

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. 

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. 

Welcoming baby Grace | Lehigh Valley Lifestyle Newborn Photographer

I love being invited to document the family as a big sibling welcomes a new baby home. So many sweet moments and brother's eyes just tell it all. Best friends for life :)   

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 :) 

Fall Family Session at the Lake | Bucks County Family Photographer

I adore this family and this location. We had so much fun together last weekend on a warm fall evening at Lake Nockamixon. There's something about rocks and water that makes every child happy. Thank you O Family for the opportunity to capture your family again!

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

early October in the meadow | Saucon Valley Child and Family Photographer

This little slice of heaven is practically in my backyard, and I've loved bringing clients to this park to frolic and play and pick wildflowers. The children just love it's wide paths to run and climb the boulders, explore what's around the bend, and just BE themselves in nature. 

This family was totally adorable and was amazing enough to make the drive from Macungie to Saucon Valley for an early morning session. They totally rocked the playtime component of our session and we captured some beautiful candid moments along with their more traditional portraits. They even braved the swarms of gnats. I won't be sad when those buggers are done for the season!

Thank you L family for this beautiful fall frolic together! I love the colors and the emotions of your session so much! And these sisters... so genuine and so tender with one another. 

 

 

Baby G is 9 months! | Bucks County, PA Apple Orchard Session

I have loved watching this little guy grow so much over this year! I can't believe Baby G is already 9 months! Smiliest baby ever, now pointing, clapping, waving and babbling.

If you are interested in booking a custom milestones package with me, please drop me a line at info@annemariehamant.com

Snap Love Grow Feature | Lehigh Valley PA Child Photographer
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I am grateful for another feature this week in the Snap Love Grow 10 Ten Weekly Favorites! There is so much beautiful imagery created weekly and I am thrilled to be a part of this community of artists. 

Check out the other beautiful work that came in the Snap Grow Love Top 10 this week! 

Late September Golden Hour Family Session | Harleysville, PA Family Photographer

I received such a lovely review from the B Family after our session last week at this beautiful location in Montgomery County, PA. I had so much fun playing with their one and three-year old boys in the golden light of this late-September day. 

I can’t say enough good things about our experience with AnneMarie! She was super responsive to any questions that we had and helped us coordinate our clothing for our session. She arrived at our photo shoot location early to scout everything out and had a clear vision of where the best places to photograph would be. She also did a great job interacting with our 3 year old and 1 year old. We couldn’t be happier with how the photos turned out - AnneMarie has a great eye for photography and her use of light is amazing. We will definitely be booking our next family photo session with AnneMarie!
Snap Love Grow Feature | Lehigh Valley Family Photographer
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I am honored to have been featured again in this week's Top 10 for the beautiful blog Snap Love Grow. The theme for this week was Emotional Connection. I always seek to capture the emotion in families during our sessions, so this was the perfect theme for me! You can check out all the beautiful work from this week's Top 10 HERE

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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!