Documentary Family Photography Book

A photo book is a key component of a Documentary Family Photography shoot with your family.  Why?  Well, its so retro for a start, also, your loved ones will treasure one as a gift.   The story of you and your family on one day, a slice of life on one specific day, one moment in time.  Here is a story from another photographer on why she thinks books are important. ​

Documentary Family Photography

  Last week’s “Day in the Life” family, Erica and Jeff, choose a slightly cool but beautiful spring day for me to document them.  Our day took us to Brookside Gardens where the tulips were in full bloom and the kids could run till they dropped.  After nap time we took off again and visited Glen Echo, rode the carousel, ate ice cream and played on the swings.  The children were exhausted, as was everyone else, and gladly went to bed after a bath and book.

The yummy side of Martha’s Vineyard

While out scouting locations on Martha’s Vineyard for family photography shoots, we came upon the tiny fishing village of Menemsha.  Famous for its lobster and seafood markets, Menemsha is flush with the best of island life – swimming beach, amazing jetties made of ancient enormous stones, and traditional lobster fishing boats full of traps and gear, which make their pilgrimage each morning to fetch the daily catch.  

Family Photography Session

A couple of weeks ago I had the opportunity to spend the day with a family in Rockville, Md. for a Day in the Life family session.  The newest family member, Gabe, joined the happy bunch five months ago and is now the center of all things.  What an amazing little guy, he did not cry the entire twelve hours I was with them.  He sat on laps, played nicely in his little amusement cart.  I don’t know how the parents do it, tag-teaming all day with three children, cooking, church, hockey, drama class, piano lessons… its amazing and what …

National Gallery of Art 75th Gala

It was with delight that while on assignment last night I found myself talking to Rick Beinecke the president of the museum’s board of trustees. We were standing in a gallery of Manet’s works when I said how much I loved the room. He said well its a an important room, you know, the door is here, and he points to the large opening and so the most important picture in the room goes here, and he points to the Manet called “The Old Musician” on the opposite wall.   The picture shows a group of slum kids, an old …

Thailand panoramas

While in Thailand this past summer I started using the panorama function on my Sony pocket camera.  I love how much is going on and the sense of place in these photos.  They need to be displayed large in order to really see the detail and the Sony just doesn’t have the pixel punch necessary to enlarge the images sufficiently.  I’ll do it properly next time.. Nikon outlines the process pretty well here… http://www.nikonusa.com/en/learn-and-explore/article/gp09aubf/panoramas.html                    

Virginia McLaurin, dancing with Obama

The 4ft 11 internet sensation, Virginia McLaurin doesn’t own a computer or cell phone…hadn’t seen the video of her dancing with the Obamas until we showed it to her. She is very independent, has more grand children, great grand children, great great than she can count – if she had to guess she said she has 50 or 60 – but wants to have her own place…wow

San Miguel, what color and light!

The golden hour in San Miguel de Allende, what color and light. I spent a week in this lovely corner of the world in late January with a group of friends.  In an unusual turn, I opted to leave the Nikon at home and shoot with my Iphone and a pocket sized Canon.  It was freeing to go light weight and spend quality time seeing light and shadow.  SMA, as the locals call it, has a beauty all its own.  The town has a dusty arid feel similar to the southwest, US mixed with the crisp light and cool air of …

Washington DC Nightscapes

On a warm night in December I was working a party on a yacht on the Potomac.  The fog rising off of the river made for some special photographs of the Washington Monument, Fort McNair, The Washington waterfront construction, Nationals Stadium and the Woodrow Wilson Bridge.  

Archaeologists found the partial hull of a ship in Alexandria

Archaeologists found the partial hull of a ship at 220 S. Union Street, part of the city’s major redevelopment of the Potomac River waterfront. It’s on the same one-block site where workers two months ago discovered a 1755 foundation from a warehouse that is believed to have been the city’s first public building.  See The Washington Post story