Why Birth Photography is For Every Kind of Woman
So every year I photograph so many beautiful and fun families. Capturing these beautiful memories each years is one of my favorite parts of being a photographer. Especially when I capture the same families year after year. My hope for every session is always to tell the story of their family from the little details of their shoes to the way their little ones hug and cuddle on them with their short baby arms. But I do recognize that with each family session the time always comes to choose one or a few to go on the yearly Christmas card. Whether you are an all smiling at the camera type family or you want to use something emotional or silly for the card this year, you still are left trying to choose.
I find myself in the same boat every year and I take so many photos throughout that it takes me hours to decide and I almost always go with the 6 or more photo card, because I can be crazy indecisive. But I actually love getting and giving Christmas cards. I love being able to stay up to date with friends and family close and far. But not all Christmas card places are the same and I think printing photographs even as cards means choosing a quality place to print. I also think there are so many out their to choose from that we often stick with what we know. But while making my cards this year I did some research and was shocked at how many beautiful designs are out there. So many websites with deals to take advantage of and adorable styles to really set your Christmas cards apart. A few of these sites I've used in the past while others just look so well done I can't wait to use them in the future. I'll list them below with my own little reasons for loving their styles!
I was blown away by their designs this year. So many options for photo centric Christmas cards. They are fun and stylish and I actually decided to go with them this year. I've used their printing before and I just can't say enough about the quality you get!
I love this website, so many hip and stylish things to print. They also have so many great Holiday card designs this year. As I'm sure you can tell I love that minimalist style and they are definitely the best at it!
They have so many bold designs that I love. Especially if you've worked with me for photography because the bold designs with bold color are just a perfect combination.
So many good deals while still getting stylish and fun designs. If your looking for a more budget friendly option I really think they are a great middle ground because they still have some minimalist and beautiful designs.
Like I said before, Christmas cards are really one of my favorite things. I love being able to choose the style and show off photos from our year. I also think doing to research for cool designs and cards takes time so hopefully putting them all in one place could be helpful. Especially if you're like me and are just getting to Christmas Cards this week. At least its not December yet :P
The truth is most people don't have a great idea of what I mean when I say I am a Lifestyle Documentary Photographer. So before I dive into this let me rave a bit about Pinterest. Pinterest is just a great place, its the hub for inspiration and creativity, so I went ahead and created a Lifestyle Family board as a resource of inspiration for any mom or dad who might be interested. These Lifestyle Sessions inspire me to be creative and share my passion so hopefully they will inspire you! Now hopefully you will also read this blog but if nothing else go check out this board to get an idea about why I have fallen in love with Lifestyle Photography.
Here is my passion in a nutshell, to tell real stories well. I love Weddings because they are a perfect society approved "day in the life" session. Where every bride is encouraged to have coverage from the moment they put their makeup on until she runs off into the sunset with her love.
Why don't you think we see our everyday life that way? Why is it not a priority to capture these moments with as much care and concern as our Wedding Days. Maybe an 8 hours session would be excessive but i would totally be down if it meant truly capturing the life of a family.
But imagine a session that captures a moment in time, a moment in your little's childhood. Where your little's are still learning to walk or playing with that one toy they are obsessed with. That small amount of time when your little boys are still cuddly and your little girls go to sleep every night with 10 stuffed animals. Who doesn't want to remember those things?
I think about my own childhood and the little memories I keep tucked away. I remember a deep love for the pink power ranger, tutus, and hitting my older brothers with plastic swords. And now as a documentary photographer who loves shooting lifestyle family sessions, I wish I had a picture of all of that, mostly to show my husband. To prepare him for what kinds of daughters he could have; but also because I think those moments matter.
I think my mom felt the same way. We used to have this 1990 sony video camera. My mother was a photographer and creative as well so she saw the art in recording what our childhood was like. Since Videography became accessible to the masses in the 1980s, its always been about recording the family unit. So it made sense that I grew up loving and comfortable with the raw unedited life being filmed or photographed.
When looking back at old family videos this passed year we came across one of the greatest films of all time. Imagine this, my two older brothers and I each dressed up as the power rangers, my father with a odd rubber star trek alien mask on chasing us all over the yard and my mother speaking from the other side of the camera to me as I begin to cry thinking my dad is truly a monster. That's real life, its not crazy or dramatic its just a glimpse at my childhood.
Now I know what you're saying, well we have Iphones for that and I actually would agree. We are in a time where we have the ability to photograph and record any and everything we do and we fill up our phones with these memories. I'm all about it, I just also want to say its not the same as photography or celebrating life. There is an aspect of quality and care that goes into a true photographers process. Iphones don't compare to what can be captured when you have someone photographing and perceiving your family's beauty.
So all of this to say if I could encourage my clients and future clients to do anything, It's try one of these sessions out! Its not about a clean house, and its not about a perfect wardrobe. Lifestyle photography is about capturing those temporary moments with care. Filling your photo albums with the experience not just the posed pictures.
If you have any questions let me tell you, I love talking about this stuff! Whether its family, couples or even birth photography. My passion is to capture your story in a real way and tell it well with beauty and care.
Pinterest Board Resource: https://www.pinterest.com/hannahillphotog/in-home-lifestyle-inspiration/