my love affair with instagram

I recently went through my camera roll and decided it was time to make a book. It seems that everything is convenient to us now-a-days, except getting anything tangible out of our digital photo world. Which is sad, considering that these memories might die along with hard drives, memory cards and i-phone upgrades.  They say that the best camera you have is the one that is with you… and I’ve really been into that school of thought in the past year.  I don’t always have a nice camera when the moment happens and iphones do a pretty decent job in a pinch if you understand light.

So this is just a bunch of my fave day to day i-phone shots of my sweet little family.

You can follow me on IG here.

This first pic is the day we brought my baby girl home from the hospital. Time goes too fast….

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nope, not cute at all.

January. It’s generally a dull month… Not a busy one in the way of a photo business.  Which I have welcomed this year, as I’m busy with re-branding, making over my website and sending out my gear for maintenance…  My most loved camera is not home right now. I’m left with my crop sensor starter camera… but I am a full believer that it’s all about who’s operating the camera, not the camera itself. My full frame love will be home in a week or so.

So anyways, I’ve started a 52 project.  I’m planning on taking at least one great portrait of someone I love every week.  One big advantage of this is that I have a ton of pics of my littles I may have not otherwise taken. So here is some day to day of them.  Just being adorable… More of my daughter because she loves my camera more. At least she wont have a second-child-no-picture-complex. :)

Part of my philosophy in my photography is about finding magic in the mundane. Capturing that 2 seconds that make you smile in that whole day of chaos. Because after years of doing dishes and mopping up spilled juice and cleaning cheerios out of the couch cushions, this is the stuff we want to remember. This is the stuff that makes it all worth it.

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I always want to remember those teeth.  Just as they are right now.

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happy birthday to me.

I had the pleasure of photographing this sweet little man on my birthday!  He was such a good little baby… I was telling his mommy that day that as many times as I show up at people’s houses to do a newborn shoot…. I am never past the point of being wowed by how precious they are.  It’s the best job in the world. duncan-4

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merry & bright!

I have been so excited to blog this session!  This sweet family was so much fun.  I loved capturing some christmasy images in their beautiful home. We went out to the beach after, which was a new beach for me to shoot at and turned out to be one of my favorite locations ever.  So much love,  and a tree on the beach.  Perfect day.blog1

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American dreaming…

This family.  This family made me happy.  You know how people have this idea of the american dream with 2 kids and a dog and a cute house and a happily ever after?  Well that’s what I photographed that day.  That’s what I saw.  This was all done at their home. We played in the pretty field by their cute farm house.  We roasted marshmallows by the fire pit and played in the leaves.  It was so much fun. I had been in a very over-whelmed place for a while… I felt like work and errands were taking over my life.  We all get there. But this session made me remember why I started doing this job in the first place. I got the sweetest email from Kim after she saw her gallery, it brought me to tears and made me feel like I was really giving people treasures, which is all I ever really wanted to do :

“Oh Lori!  These photos are AMAZING!  And i havent even looked at the gallery yet, just the slide show.  But i am so completely overcome with emotion and wanted to email you right away!  Those images, the music… all of it combined moved me to tears!  I’m sitting here at work watching it and trying not to openly sob.  Happy tears of course, we MUST do this every year! 
 
You truly have a gift…its a powerful thing to be able to bring out such strong emotions with images of one’s beloved family!  And i reflect back on how stressed Scott and i were that day.  We had just traveled back from FL the night before.  I had a sinus infection and we had even considered cancelling the photo session.  I am incredibly glad we didnt!!!

Thank you Lori, for capturing my family in images that I will always ALWAYS treasure :-)”

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My Fam

 

So I was brave and did a session of my very own family with a tripod.  I really just wanted to see if it was possible.  It is, it turns out.  Most of the reason I chose to get into photography is because I’m very passionate about being a good historian.  I already know that one day, I’ll look back at pictures from this time in my life and be brought to tears because my kids were so small… because of all the little things that melt my heart everyday. This is our one and only life… and I want to remember it.  I want to remember it well.  Not to mention my baby girl just turned one!  So it was a bit of a milestone to mark… and the pictures below of her and I just make me so happy.  My husband took those… and I feel that every girl should have a picture of her and her mother like those.  Who wouldn’t want that?  We needed a Christmas card picture, too.  I want to say the hardest part was getting everyone dressed and out the door for it…I had one day set aside for it in this crazy busy season, and it was going to be then, or not at all. So out we went and here are my sweet results….

 

 

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adorable-ness

This sweet baby made my day.  No, really.  She was so happy, quiet  and wonderful I sort of started to think I was a baby whisperer.  People talk about needing to work out for that endorphin high… that’s what a good photo session does for me… I’m pumped up all day after.

The Anderson family is so beautiful in an all american adorable sort of way.  I loved visiting their house on a country road in Smithfield. Their sweet little girl was so thrilled with her baby sister.  And their mommy looked so ultra fabulous that you would never know she just had a baby a week ago.

It was one of those sessions that made me smile…  I love watching families grow and when my clients become my friends.  Thanks for having me for the second year in a row, guys.  Here’s to many more!

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