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Five reasons to book an in home documentary session

Photography Musings

The days are long but the years are short. You’ve probably heard it before, right? Well, it’s true. It might not feel like it when

A mother and her toddler stand by an open oven in a cluttered kitchen, with the child reaching up towards the oven.
Real moments. Real emotion. Real life.

1. THIS IS WHAT YOUR LIFE IS REALLY LIKE AND, ONE DAY, YOU WILL MISS THESE ORDINARY MOMENTS.

The days are long but the years are short. You’ve probably heard it before, right? Well, it’s true. It might not feel like it when you are deep in the trenches of motherhood, days passing in a blur of feeding and changing and not enough sleep. When by nightfall you’re not sure what you have done besides fix snacks and chase tiny humans. It might not feel like time is passing quickly right now, but it is, and it hurts my Mumma heart to tell you this – these days will be gone before you know it. One day, much sooner than you think, you will look at those precious tiny humans and they won’t be so tiny anymore.

There is no better way to tell the story of this season of your life than in home documentary. This is your life. It is messy and chaotic and so very different than what you expected. You might be still trying to find your feet, adjust to a new rhythm, figure out exactly where you fit in this strange new chapter of your life. You might be struggling to love this new version of your body. The one that you know to be yours although it doesn’t look or feel like yours anymore. You see, that is where the magic is, Mumma.

You will never have these moments back. THIS is your life, at this time & place. It is messy and pure and chaotic and beautiful and awkward and defining. It is full to the brim of love and joy and hope. This season of your life is worth documenting. Future you will thank you for preserving these memories, promise. 

2. YOUR FAMILY IS COMPLETELY COMFORTABLE IN YOUR OWN SPACE

There’s something incredibly special about documenting a family in their home. For many of us, home is one of the very few places where we are completely at ease, where we can be entirely our true, authentic selves. When it comes down to it, that is the essence of an in home documentary session, isn’t it? Real life, a beautiful & truthful account of what life is like at this place and time. No awkward posing, no forcing kids to smile for the camera. Just living your beautiful, ordinary & perfectly imperfect lives.

3. YOU DON’T NEED TO BE ANYWHERE ON TIME

My favourite part about in-home documentary sessions? Less stress.

When you’re headed to a location shoot, you know who has the job of choosing the outfits for the whole family, preparing the snacks, packing the nappy bag, dressing the kids, getting them in to the car, making sure you have the directions & getting there on time? You do. Yes, Mumma – it’s you. On top of all the things you need to do to get yourself ready too.

With in-home documentary – all you have to do is simply exist in your space. It really is that simple & before you even think ‘Oh, but I have to clean the house’ – STOP. You do not have to clean your house, a spotless house straight from the pages of some glossy magazine is not part of your family story. A quick tidy, yes, but a week spent cleaning and tidying and picking up after your kiddos on repeat – nope.

Listen carefully, Mumma: If I arrive on your doorstep, you’re fixing morning tea and the kids have 50 000 pieces of Lego spread out on the floor – I couldn’t be happier. Please just exist in your space. This is your story.

4. YOUR HOME IS AN IMPORTANT PART OF YOUR FAMILY STORY

Home. It’s more than just four walls and a roof. It’s a feeling: familiarity, warmth, comfort. It might be your first home or your forever home or your make do until you can buy your own home, but it is your home and it is important. It is the home where you started your family, the only earthside home your tiny fresh baby has ever known. The home where you dance in the kitchen with an unsettled baby in your arms and a twirling toddler at your feet. Where you make pancakes together on a Saturday morning, snuggle on the couch reading books and soak up the sun from the verandah late in the spring time afternoons.

Your family story exists on your walls and in everything around you. The colourful scribbles displayed proudly on the fridge, the trail of toys across the living room floor, flowers lovingly picked from the garden. Your home tells your story. What better place to document your family than amongst the panoply of the life you live together?

5. YOU WILL NEVER REGRET DOCUMENTING YOUR FAMILY IN THIS WAY

You just won’t. One day, maybe ten or twenty years from now, your family will look back on these photographs and be transported right back to that very moment in time. The nostalgia will roll in. The emotions will come with it. You will remember this time in your life as wildly chaotic, somewhat challenging and incredibly beautiful all at once. Your eyes will brim as you recall just how small your children were back then, in that time when they could curl neatly in your lap or sleep comfortably on your chest. Your heart will ache as you realise how time really does pass too quickly and you will long to be back there again, even just for a moment. You will be so grateful to have these photographs, because they were right when they said ‘the days are long but the years are short’.

Mumma, if this all makes perfect sense, then in-home documentary is for you! You can make a booking and have your questions answered here

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