As I walked back to my car, I couldn't help but smile. I looked at my phone to check the time. 11:30am on a Saturday morning. I had been photographing my clients for a few hours and I didn't even realize it. My back and arms were aching, but I didn't care. I felt giddy and excited because I knew I had made a great discovery about myself and my photography that morning.
For a long time I have been thinking about the type of images I feel passionate about making. I have been paying close attention to what aspects or details I am drawn to in terms of the photographs I make, as well as which images make me stop dead in my tracks to look at over and over again. I've been thinking about the moments I've captured between my subjects and the interactions that have helped document their lives. I've always put myself in my client's shoes and thought, "what kind of images would I want for my own family from this session?" As I walked away from my client's home that Saturday morning, I knew I had the answer to that question!
I am truly excited to announce a new type of photography session being offered from Lori Fuller Photography!
A What's Your Story? session is a photojournalistic approach to documenting your family in the most authentic way possible. My goal during a What's Your Story? session is to be a quiet observer into your family life, capturing the subtle interactions and the normal, everyday elements that make up your family story. With no props or "cheese," these sessions are designed with real, honest, natural family life in mind.
Prior to your session, I'll get to know all about your family and what makes you tick. I'll ask lots of questions to help me understand what you treasure and prioritize, and what makes you happy - both individually and as a family unit. We will try to begin early one weekend morning in your home, with the hope of catching the little ones just waking up. From the moment I arrive, I will immediately start making photos of what I see, capturing your family life and all of its sweet, hectic, messy, chaotic, adoring ways!
Now, you might be feeling a bit hesitant for a variety of reasons. Maybe you think your house is too messy or cluttered. Perhaps you are not a morning person. Maybe you don't know what to expect. I can reassure you that I'm not there to judge your clutter piles or how many cups of coffee you need to drink to wake up! I'm there to capture your life, unscripted and in the most authentic way I can. There is no expectation that everything will go smoothly. Milk may spill. Kids may fight over toys. The only expectation is that the adults of the family are fully on board and open to whatever happens - in other words, if we adults all go with the flow, everything is going to be just fine.
I was thrilled with how this session turned out on that early Saturday morning, and I was even more thrilled when my clients were thrilled with their images! I think this note from my client best sums it up:
"Oh, how I love these!!! Honestly, I was a little unsure about this plan. I know that you are an excellent photographer, but how good can photos of a sleep-deprived, unshowered, and slightly insecure family be? Amazing!!! And what is best is they really look like us."
To see the full session, click here. (For optimal viewing, click 1080p HD in settings)
There is so much beauty and simplicity in capturing the normal, everyday elements of your family life. These moments help tell your family story and will be what children and parents remember years from now. Why not have it documented?
Since these sessions are fresh off the presses (so to speak), I will be offering an introductory rate to the first five families who book a What's Your Story? session! See the website for all of the details!
PS. If you took the 4 minutes and 30 seconds to watch the video, thank you so much! Please feel free to leave a comment and let me know you stopped by!