Erin and Reid are enjoyably relaxing to be around. I met up with them in Bellingham to document their daily movements. They are engaged fully; they know where their food comes from, they know how to enjoy nature and how to use their bodies to get them from one place to the next by biking everywhere. They take their kids backpack hiking. they pick cherries from the neighbors tree and build bunk beds and the kids eat their veggies. They take them to protests and to get ice-cream on bikes. They call each other “ma” and “pa”.
Let’s go back, like waaayy back. This family was the second ever lifestyle session and I fell in love with this style of photography, a storytelling of sorts immediately. It was a turning point in my photography business.
Erin was brave with opening up her home and allowing me to document the daily happenings. They invited me for breakfast (which is what then launched breakfast moments that are almost always included in a lifestyle session). They also were the first to introduced me to sourdough waffles with pumpkin butter and my life has changed for the better.
Their session.. 4 years ago? Was marvelous. It was the perfect stuff of every day life: missed naps, park time, beach time, incoming teeth, the flu and yet, we just kept finding little snippets to document and peace together. Instead of putting together a variety of poses for families, seniors, etc. I merely get to be a witness to some of the most real living. Love, love, love me some real.