Lily’s 3 month session | Kingsport lifestyle photographer

Lily is such a bright-eyed little beauty.  She was having a rough morning when I got there and her mom called in her little sister to help out.  There is seriously nothing better than aunts who adore their nieces and nephews.  We got the best smiles out of her when her aunt was helping out.

Having a baby who cries a lot is so incredibly difficult, but these two handled it like pros. They let me know that she really just likes being held in close to her parents.  And when it gets really hard, they just whip out some Ed Sheeran and she usually calms right down.

I loved all of the quotes they had throughout their home.  Lily’s grandmother is really superstitious and wouldn’t let them hang anything in her room before she was born, which I find fascinating.  They were planning to put a bunch of stuff up after she was born, but she so far hasn’t let them do much.  I loved the happy yellow walls and the cheery bedding!  2017-06-09_00052017-06-09_00112017-06-09_00102017-06-09_00092017-06-09_00082017-06-09_00072017-06-09_00062017-06-09_00052017-06-09_00032017-06-09_00022017-06-09_0001

Project 52 – Ordinary Everyday (June-October)| Kingsport lifestyle photographer

2015-10-20_0005This is MY family!  Did you catch my last post about this project 52?  If not, you can find it here.   That post explains all about how this project came to be.  And it’s been so neat capturing all these special moments with my family!  We drove cross country this year (30 hours each way) to visit our extended families.  As much as I tried to keep on top of things during the trip, I got behind and still haven’t quite caught up.  Good thing I’m the total opposite of the “type A” personality.  I’m having a great time doing what I can to document these days of childhood that seem so fleeting.

The prompts for these photos were:  sunshine (which is perfect for playing in the water with your cousin), bedroom, and bedtime (our nightly dog-walking ritual).  The photos above?  The top photo was the prompt “Water” and was taken at Millennium Park in Chicago. Totally worth the trip when you have littles. The prompt for the other one was “nearby.”  This was at a park near my parents house.  Guess who we ran into while we were there?  Our friends from Tennessee, who were also visiting family!  Crazy, huh?2015-10-20_0002

These next photos were what really held me back.  I had such a hard time finding inspiration for these prompts!  What were my assignments?  Me and them, dirty (which shouldn’t have been difficult, but by some miracle it was), technology, and mine.  While the “mine” photo may not seem like much, it’s really great when my husband finally pulls up to our home after work.  Everyone goes out to great him while shouting “dad!  daddy!”  Obviously, this photo was on their run back up the hill, but I’m never quite fast enough to grab the camera when I see him pulling up.  Does anyone else’s child have a minecraft addiction? My son has discovered pixel art on the YouTube Kids channel and has had so much fun creating things he thinks everyone in the family will enjoy. 2015-10-20_0003

The family table: perfect for carving pumpkins.  Exterior of home (after a rainstorm is particularly fun at our house).  The prompt for the last photo was “feet.”  My fearless 3-year-old was happy as a clam with her nose pressed up against the glass way up at the top of the gateway arch in St. Louis.  I can’t believe there are just a few weeks left of this project!  I have so enjoyed it!

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Emmaline’s 3 month photos | Kingsport photographer

Three month old photography sessions are some of my very favorites! Because the babies at this age aren’t really doing a whole lot, other than smiling, I prefer to do a lifestyle session at their home. A lifestyle photography session is when I just kind of hang out with you during the day and capture some of your favorite things to do together as a family. It is so fun to go into someone’s home and see how they interact with each other in the environment they are most comfortable in. This family has such a pretty home and some really fun photos on their walls (including some of mine, which is always really neat to see). Their four year old is such a ham and totally adores his sister! Emmaline is a baby plan baby. You can see her newborn photos here and here mom’s maternity photos here.
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Project 52 – Ordinary Everyday | Kingsport lifestyle photographer

Last December I made the decision to join a project 52.  What does that mean?  It means that I have been taking a photo of my family doing “ordinary everyday” things once a week for the last five and a half months.  Local photographer Carey Pace spearheaded the project and gives us a weekly theme.  I won’t lie, it’s been difficult.  Keeping up with a personal project while dealing with life in general isn’t easy.  But it has been so worth it. I have hesitated to share them here because not all of them are portfolio worthy, but I do believe it is worthwhile to show you what I’ve been working on.  The whole project has been good for me, actually.  There have been so many times that I’ve NOT taken a photo of my kids because the light wasn’t right, or because my house wasn’t clean enough, or my kids’ clothes were dirty or didn’t match, or they weren’t wearing any (I chose to not include those ones online).  I’ve been much more conscious of the necessity to just photograph them anyway.  Sometimes I get so caught up in daily life that I forget that there is beauty in the everyday.  If there is anything I’ve learned during the ten and a half years I’ve been a parent, it is that everything goes by so quickly.  I know it is cliche and you’ve probably heard it a thousand times, but I’ll say it anyway:  Although the days are long, the years are short. That simple statement makes me treasure these photos (even the imperfect ones).  If you move your mouse over each photo, it should tell you what the theme was.

Lauren goes shopping | Kingsport lifestyle photographer

I am not a purist when it comes to lifestyle photography. But when it comes to my own children, it’s what I crave. My oldest child will be ten in just a few weeks and I’m kind of having a panic attack.

I’ve been a mother for a decade.

When I first started this adventure, I had no idea how quickly the years would pass and I feel like they’re slipping through my fingers. I had so many great plans for motherhood! Little did I know that many of those years would be spent in a sleepy haze. I learned that I don’t recover well from childbirth and after having FOUR children…I was just too tired to really treasure all of those little moments.

This is my youngest. She’s the only one home with me now and asks to go to Kroger every day. One day while doing our grocery shopping, I kept framing images in my head that I knew would make GREAT photographs! I keep having flashbacks of my oldest child when he was this age and I wish I would have documented it. So, after deciding that I wanted to do a photo shoot with her at the store, I simply had to wait until she wanted to go again. The photo shoot only lasted about 5 minutes, though, as I quickly realized that balancing a grocery cart, a two-year-old, and thousands of dollars worth of equipment was a little more difficult than I anticipated. I need to go back again with an assistant!

If you are interested in lifestyle photography, send me a message through the “contact me” link above! There are so many fun themes we could explore! Things that seem so mundane now will mean so much more to you in the future. These are not necessarily photographs you will want to blow up into big canvases, these are the ones you want to put together in an album to tell a story….and what a story they tell!