Hi! I'm Karen. ^That's me enjoying my Ben and Jerry's New York Super Fudge Chunk at my wedding. Had I wanted to spend two hours of my favorite day posing for the camera, I wouldn't have been able to enjoy this ice cream the way I did. Because I would have been too hungry, stressed, and strapped for time instead of being with my family and friends, making memories and eating good food.
I want you to enjoy your ice cream too! (metaphorically speaking)
You deserve to spend your time making real memories with the people you love. And it deserves to be documented!
I have been documenting families through photography for nearly 7 years now--through every walk of life-- a family adoring their newest addition at the hospital. A mom raising tiny humans at home while Dad is at the office. A couple reciting their vows in front of their family and friends. I have even had the difficult honor of documenting the journey of a dear friend who wanted to be photographed during his final stages of terminal cancer. (That was definitely the toughest of them all).
While I understand you may want those pretty posed pictures that fill up our news feed (Yes, I've done them too!), I just don't enjoy it as much as real-life pictures. You know, the ones where you're smiling because of what's happening around you, not because I'm telling your partner to whisper something funny in your ear.
On the flip side, I also find it so important to show the tears and struggles as well-- that we document life through the lens of reality. It's so easy to get into the habit of showing everyone the "perfect" in life, but what we really need is to let down our guards and show everyone that it's 1000% okay to not be perfect.
We're all human. We have human emotions. There's no reason to hide it.
In fact, wouldn't it be great if we could all show one another that we're not flawless? How much pressure would be taken off your shoulders if, when you're having one of those days where none of your parental instincts steered you in the right direction, you see that another parent posted that their three-year-old has been throwing a tantrum for the last hour and a half because they missed their nap while they were out on a Family Fun Day?
Well I'm here to help with that. I'll be the one to document all of it. The laughs, the tears, and the mundane moments in between that might seem so insignificant that you wouldn't even think to photograph them. But all of it is important. You deserve to unapologetically show the real side of you. You deserve to be in your own family photographs for once.
Let's show everyone all the little moments that make up your family's story. It will be the easiest, most laid back photo session you've ever had, yet the most rewarding.