Katie (mama) and I were sorority sisters in college, but sadly had fallen a bit out of touch. When she reached out to me I was beyond stoked to get to hang out with her, and we managed to get some play dates going with our kiddos after the fact. And of course, I got to meet and snuggle with her adorable new baby Abigail. Total win. They are a beautiful and loving family, and it was so great to get to spend a few hours with them.
Let’s talk about homes and lifestyle photography. Katie is an interior designer, this will come as no surprise to you as you look at some of the images from this session. The home she shares with her husband Steve, son William and baby Abigail is decorated beautifully. I truly felt like I was walking into a design magazine, and ate up every minute of it. As a lifestyle photographer, when you go into someone’s home, you’re not always sure what you’re going to get. And that’s part of the fun and challenge of this style of photography. I aim to capture life as it is, for each family in their unique surroundings. I can tell you that my house is far from immaculate, and there are definitely a lot of art pieces and photographs that I’ve been meaning to hang but just haven’t gotten around to…and that’s life.
I’m dating myself here big time, but I remember in college accidentally taking a picture of my dorm room with one of those disposable cameras. When I got the photos developed I remember almost throwing that one out. But for some reason I didn’t. And here I am years later. I have that picture and I remember that picture because it captured a tiny little cement cube that was my home for a small window of time. Some day your newborn will be a toddler, then a kid, then a teenager. And if he/she is like 99% of teenagers, he/she will make fun of you. I imagine it’ll be like “granite counter tops? seriously mom?” And you can all have a chuckle about how early aughts you were. But in all seriousness. I tell my clients that the only areas they should have tidy are their master bed and bedside tables since we usually do family shots there, the nursery to an extent, and then just have an area clear where I will set up my newborn bean bag (if you’re going with the posed newborn session along with the lifestyle session). I know what it’s like to bring a new baby home, cleaning and organizing tend to fall to the back burner. Believe me, I’ve been there.