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LIOTIRIS FAMILY AT HOME | Millcreek, Ut

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LIOTIRIS FAMILY AT HOME | Millcreek, Ut

DEATH BY PHOTOGRAPH

'We've never had family photos done', she said.  And a small part of me died.

These two high-school sweethearts had recently purchased a new home (with the help of Jewel Maxfield at cityhomeCOLLECTIVE) and as a gift from Jewel had received an in-home session with me.

Never had family photos done.....I couldn't shake it.  It made this session feel monumental to me, like I was the first person to ever see inside the Queens quarters at Buckingham Palace.

Though the dining room was in shambles and the kitchen was next on the list to be gutted, I asked (forced) them to do photos in there for posterity's sake, already envisioning Thanksgiving 2040 and 'oh my god remember that awful wallpaper??' being laughed about together.

Is acute nostalgia a thing?  If so, I apparently suffer from it in a very real way.

Beyond happy to have provided this family with their first album full of images and framed prints for their wall.  Peek the finished product below. Xo

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What they had to say:

"My biggest fear was that [my husband] wouldn’t be comfortable and would not like the session. Or that the kids would cry and/or not want to participate. But Jen made us all so comfortable. None of my fears came true. Pete even said he had fun during the session! It’s incredible to go from worrying no one will open up to the level of comfort and ease Jen provided.

The images and services were certainly pricier than I expected. But they were worth every penny and then some. Every time I look at our prints and our image book, I’m struck by how well they captured that moment of time in our lives. I will forever be grateful for having these images. They are truly a family heirloom that will be treasured.

Pete said he was a bit shocked when he saw the price tag (even though I had warned him that prints would be expensive). He joked that he could be well on his way to an upgraded bike (his passion) in lieu of the photos. But as time has passed, he has become a huge advocate. He said the photos are the best money we’ve spent in a long time and constantly looks at our pictures and comments on how much he likes them.

I was having a bad hair day that day, and wasn’t feeling particularly beautiful. While there are a few photos were I cringe at minor things about the way I look, generally I really liked the way I looked. I especially liked the way I was captured looking at my children and my husband. It has given me a new appreciation for the way they see me. And, seeing all of us together in photos, made me incredibly proud of the fun-loving family we have built.

Pete was a bit self-conscious about some of this “wrinkles” at first, but now he has moved beyond that and just sees the love and happiness that occurred on that day, and that occurs on so many other days in our lives.

I wish we would have gotten family photos a LONG time ago. But, the quality of what we got this time helps make up for that. These images truly are treasures. They will be cherished for as long as I live and I hope my children will also cherish them."

 

The days are long but the years are short, when was the last time you had family photos taken?

 

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IRVIN FAMILY AT HOME | San Diego, Ca

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IRVIN FAMILY AT HOME | San Diego, Ca

WE DON'T WANT TO RAISE A**HOLES

I've always joked that if I ever had kids I'd be a tyrant of a mother.  I was raised on a strict diet of polite-ness, respectful-ness, and obedience, and tend to have the same rigid expectations for the kids around me in my life.  

About a month ago I headed to San Diego and bunked with my cousin Blake and his wife Lou who'd recently welcomed a baby girl into the world, growing their family to a party of four.  It had been over three years since I'd seen them last so I spent the next three days enjoying their company and getting to know them in their life right now.    

Since I'd been itching to shoot a family in true photojournalistic mode, I took full advantage of my 'house-guest' status and spent my first day there immersed in documenting the going-ons of a typical Friday.  By the end of the day, I was floored by the amount of patience, energy, and effort I witnessed in the form of parental guidance from Blake and Lou.

I once read an article on parenting that likened the first years of child rearing to building a house;  for the first four to five years you're in the trenches day in and day out, doing the dirty work and building a strong foundation, and while it doesn't look like much on the outside, it's the most important part of the structure that will allow you to enjoy the fruits of your labor for years to come.

Preach.

I'm no parent myself but I know that in order for anything like manners or discipline to stick it takes consistent, non-exciting effort, from both sides, day in and day out.  During my stay at the Irvin household I intimately observed the steely, relentless dedication these two have made to parenting - and the direct effects that dedication has already wielded.  When I remarked on how amazed I was by the little man Mason was turning into, they simply stated 'Well, when we had kids we just decided together that we didn't want to raise an asshole.'

And that, I would say, they have already achieved.

Not only is Mason an enchantingly bright kid in his own right - possessing a presence way beyond his 4 years (you know the kind I'm talking about), but his speech was effortlessly infused with pleases and thank you's (and 'sirs' for such authoritative figures as the dinner waiter), and changing activities wasn't a life or death situation.

I thoroughly enjoyed 'seeing' this family through my lens, and hope these photos do their slice of life justice.  Xo

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What they had to say about their experience with a Day in the Life session:

Lou - "My biggest fear was that there wouldn’t be anything to shoot. To me, my day is so boring and so basic. I see these beauty or lifestyle bloggers with glamorous lives, and all I was thinking was “she is going to be so bored.” Turns out mommin' is actually kind of fun from an outside view. It gave me a bit of a different perspective of my day to day to be seen through these pictures.  These photos will always remind me of the beauty of the day to day. It also documented a part of time for our family when we were growing and adjusting to a family of four."

Blake - "There are so many things going on at the same time that sometimes even great memorable experiences get lost. With these photos, its like having a thumb tack where I can look back and remember the time and what was going on. Also having photos with our whole family is very rare because one of us is usually taking the photos."

Interested in a Day in the Life session?

Contact me here.

 

 

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