In-Home Lifestyle Family Photography
It has been YEARS since I’ve blogged an actual session. Gah! Every January, I have the same resolutions for my business . . .
Start blogging. Get back to posting client work on Facebook. Figure out an Instagram groove.
And I’ve avoided it, not because I feel I can’t write, nor is it because I feel that my work is not good enough.
I refrain because my sessions are sacred.
Shooting in the home is so personal, usually heartbreakingly beautiful, often raw and private, at times honestly messy and complicated, always meaningful and authentic.
(Also, these sessions are about story-telling and it’s sometimes hard to choose one or two images out of context of the story.)
And it’s one thing if I’m sharing my own chaos and quiet moments, but sharing someone else’s feels intrusive, if not done in just the right way.
I articulated these exact sentiments almost a year ago on my personal IG account…
I have been remiss in posting my professional work this year. But you know what? I’m doing the good work…capturing connections…documenting real families…marking real moments. There is something immensely sacred and intimate about in-home lifestyle work that prompts me to quietly hoard sessions. I spent time with my cousin’s family, indoors and outdoors, a week ago. My, how everyone has grown and blossomed in the two years since I last photographed them! #hadtoshare #inhome #lifestylephotography #inhomelifestyle #morewherethiscamefrom #youareart #ig365 #day243
That was an “A-HA!” moment for me. It was my first admission to being a “hoarder” of sessions. It brought me to the realization that I needed to find a way around and through that resistance. To showcase these genuine families, and in turn, observe and highlight this gift.
Stop hoarding. Start sharing. Let my light shine. Let YOUR light shine!
So, I am starting to share again! But sharing in a way that is as unique and respectful as my personal approach to photographing families.
It’s a well-known fact that a business cannot survive without some sort of web presence, let alone without any marketing efforts at all. I’m quite amazed I’ve done as well as I have, dodging both. (I’ve been blessed with the best word-of-mouth referrals from existing clients.)
However, one can always do better . . . reach more families . . . make available this unique photography experience to those who most need and value it.
I’m still working on the “feeling comfortable” part but I’ve got about 2 years worth of sessions slowly seeping onto the inter webs now, between this website and my Instagram account.
I’m proud of my work. I want to do more of it! The best way I know how to make that happen is to show it off.
To all the families I’ve worked with, and continue to work with, thank you for your trust.
Thank you for sharing your beauty and home life with me. I promise to do my very best to honor you!
Is there something in your life that you hold a little too tight? Do you find it difficult to let your light shine? Let me know in the comments.