When I was little I had this small basket of toys next to the tub for bath time. There was a rubber Glo Worm toy from a Happy Meal, a Batman action figure, tub crayons and a small plastic boat. Perhaps some Dino Riders. I had a washcloth that was open like an oven mitt and occasionally Mr. Bubble bubble bath.
I treasured bath time.
We all have these little treasured moments throughout the day: the last kiss goodnight before sleep, the first cup of coffee in the morning, the moment your child sees you when you pick them up from school or come home from work, the first quiet moments with your spouse after the kids have fallen asleep. As a photographer, I am obsessed with these moments. A particular expression or gesture or bit of eye contact conveying things unsaid are the genuine moments that illustrate our relationships. Capturing those and allowing them to tell a story is my bread and butter. I adore it.
Which brings me to family documentary photography. What is it? Rather than sit for a portrait at the beach or in a brightly lit studio, you invite a photographer into your life for a short time to capture your family being themselves. Doing homework, eating dinner, playing basketball in the driveway, jumping on the bed, making each other laugh, practicing piano, walking the dog, playing make believe, doing chores… and bath time.
The Wingfield family invited me to capture a typical evening in their home, and I was honored to have the opportunity. The two beautiful girls put on quite a show and even June the dog seemed extra photogenic for the occasion. To inquire about family documentary sessions click here.