There is something deeply satisfying about having the opportunity to capture a candid family session of a family in their own home. Especially if it is celebrating a milestone, like a first birthday. Bonus points if it’s during a Global Pandemic.
I am blessed I got to know this family early on in the mama’s pregnancy, as she hired me to be her doula + birth photographer. What has grown from that “business relationship” is something beautiful…we are each other’s mutual admiration society.
We had been in contact regulary throughout the year (she is the Mom behind my International award winning portrait, “Her Cup Runneth Over”), she is often my muse and was once again. As we were talking one day, she graciously offered to sew/make me and my family masks to wear when out and about in Pandemia. When they were ready, I happened to bring my family with me to pick them up, along with my camera, and my Social Distancing sessions were born.
When she told me she wanted to document her daughter’s first birthday, I was giddy! It had been quite awhile since I had gotten the chance to shoot a session, thanks to COVID19, and this gave me inspiration to find ways to shoot again, safely, and to return to my creative zone.
I love casual, organic back yard and front yard shoots like this because it’s so easy for everyone. Of course, cute outfits and headpieces add flair to the occasion, but honestly, for styling ideas I often send Moms to Target online and have them choose a few outfits, and then filter by colors and coordinate with the rest of the family. It can be that easy. They have social distancing friendly online ordering with curbside pickup, so it couldn’t be easier.
I will leave you with a few more of my favorite moments captured during this shoot. The sun was starting to think about setting, and that made for a beautiful warm glow on everything and everyone.
If you are interested in capturing your beautiful ordinary moments, while staying safely nestled in the comfort of your home, please connect with me and lets’ talk about what magic we can create for you.