Your house. Four walls wherein your life is lived. Where you moved maybe with a spouse, maybe by yourself. If you are like us, you tore down everything you didn’t like with your bare hands and then painstakingly, in between screaming and making decisions, put it all back together. Maybe you got pregnant there. Or got the news that your birth mother’s water had broken. You painted your nursery and brought your baby home there, where she took her first steps, or said his first words. Maybe he made friends in the neighborhood. Maybe you had a favorite snack spot that you walked to everyday, or a walk route. You and your child made friends or friendly faces in the area, the guy in the coffee shop, the lady at Trader Joes who buys your kid a book every Christmas. Home. You’ve laid down your roots and made a life with your little family and it feels amazing to be a part of a community.
But. You don’t have a yard for your kids, and you don’t love the schools or whatever the reason is, maybe you or your spouse got a new job. And, you picked a house in a new spot that you LOVE and you can’t wait to inhabit and make new memories in and learn the shopping spots and the bus stop for your kid’s new school, but you can’t help but feel a little remorseful about leaving that first house, your kid’s first friends, the place where they know how your kid likes her sandwiches and they write her name on the plate.
That’s just how I envisioned it when the mama of this family contacted me, saying she wanted to do a family session and explaining that they were moving. My mental wheels started going. I asked her to come up with some things they love to do in the neighborhood, and she gave me a great set of ideas. What we came up with was a lifestyle, natural session for them to bid adieu and record some of the memories of that time. And, because I’m me, I sort of felt sentimental and weepy about their stuff when we did the session, too. I loved thinking about it from their perspective and tried to put myself into their mindset to get the images that would mean something to them, both today and later on down the road.
The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. And, a little Abbey Road thrown in for good measure?
Metaphorically, jumping into the new with both feet.
Love is all you need.
Everyone’s got a silly side!
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PS – I call this kind of photography “lifestyle” photography. I guess it could also be called “documentary” photography too. But I love to do it. I love to show a piece of a family’s life, to document it, because these are the things that matter. I also love showing Philadelphia as a lifestyle family photographer. Because is there a prettier city? I think not.