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In These Moments | Traditions | laura ann photography, Cary Family Photographer

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In These Moments | Traditions | laura ann photography, Cary Family Photographer

I joined up with some fantastic documentary family photographers in a blog circle called "In These Moments."

The theme for this month is "Traditions". I was having a tough time thinking of a tradition of our family to photograph. I decided to use images from a "day in the life" session that I did of my daughter on her recent birthday. I wanted to photograph her throughout the day doing everyday things that she loves. There are so many things about each of my kids that I want to document so as not to ever forget. Children change so quickly and you never know when they will just stop doing something we adore.

In prepping the images for the post, I realized that these images show some of our traditions as well. We do many of the same things for each of our kids' birthdays - putting presents in the same place, letting them pick where to spend the day, choosing their favorite meal and I always make them their birthday cake.

I hope you enjoy a peek into our family's birthday traditions and a "day in the life" session with my daughter. I regret that I didn't make it into any of the images with her. (This only exemplifies my point when I posted about moms getting into the images with our kids. Read that post HERE.)

(Scroll all the way to the end to continue the blog circle.)

I'd love to start doing "day in the life" sessions for families.

It's a great way to preserve a little piece of your family's everyday life and remember now.

Head on over to Mia Lynn Photography, a Boca Raton Family & Lifestyle Photographer,  to continue through the "In These Moments" blog circle.

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Month of You - june | laura ann photography, cary & raleigh, nc family photography

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Month of You - june | laura ann photography, cary & raleigh, nc family photography

I truly enjoy being a family photographer in Raleigh & Cary, NC and documenting my family as well as my clients.

Portraits are great to have and I also feel it is important to look at all aspects of an individual's personality to create a real "picture" of who they are.

In June, I decided to do a photo project documenting one person through an image a day. I called it "Month of You". I chose to photograph my son. I thought it was a great month to choose him to document since he was going to be turning 11 and finishing up elementary school. He did get a little (or maybe a lot) annoyed with me taking a picture a day of him. On some days I photographed something in the house or his room that was his or reminded me of him. These are the details pictures that are also important to include when documenting someone. There were a couple days that I actually missed my photo and I decided to give myself grace on those missed days.

Overall, I was so pleased with how this turned out. I was able to slow myself down during a very busy time to really think about what I wanted to remember about him. If you are interested in doing a project like this, my advice would be to think about the 5ws - like when you write a story. Who, What, When, Where, Why (& How). Use these questions to guide you when you are thinking about your person and the images will fall into place. :)

Laura Ann Photography is available for in-home family portrait sessions throughout the year.

Contact me today to schedule your in-home documentary family photography session.

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A Day in the Life | laura ann photography, cary & raleigh family photographer

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A Day in the Life | laura ann photography, cary & raleigh family photographer

I was recently challenged in a class to focus throughout the day on taking time to stop and look around for something beautiful to photograph.

I lucked out to have this assignment on a day when my children were home from school. I was to take a total of 10 images throughout the day, not just in one time period. These 10 images really do represent a day in our life ~ on a "snow" day.

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What did your day look like? Did you take time to find the beauty in your life today?

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