Documenting a year: Must-book sessions, tips for mastering your own photography and 10 moments you have to capture
As parents, we have a responsibility and an honor to document our children's childhood, to give them tangible memories they can return to on rainy days. But if you're like me, the pressure to capture everything — to tell the whole story — can feel overwhelming sometimes.
So cue this post. I want documenting their childhood to feel fun, worthwhile and manageable — because by being intentional about photography, you start to build an amazing legacy.
Give it a read, try a few of my suggestions, and let me know if it helps!
Sessions to book
I say this as a photographer, but mostly as a mother who's always behind the camera: Hiring a photographer to document your family at least once during the year is so important.
Photo sessions are your opportunity to step in front of the camera and just be present with your family. The right photographer will capture each personality and the joys of being a parent — all while providing a fun, easy-going experience.
3 tips for documenting your family
10 moments in your child's life to capture this year
Promise yourself you'll always have more pictures made from ink and paper than pixels. Promise your family they'll always have albums to hold in their hands and look at on rainy days — or when they long for days gone. Here are a few tips to help you stay organized and up-to-date:
There's something about doing a session in your own home that just feels so right. It's more than a location — more than a field or park or a stunning overlook. Home is everything. It's where your life happens. Moments big and small. Tears and endless laughter. Slow, quiet mornings and loud family gatherings. It's not perfect, but it's all yours.
I'm honored to have captured this time for the Vaughan family, in the comfort of their home. With three kids, including their sweet new baby boy, I can only imagine how crazy life must feel some days. But taking time to slow down and document a chapter of your life is incredibly meaningful, and I'm so happy they recognized that.
Years from now, I hope these photos remind them of all the little things — what it felt like to hold their son, so little back then, to be curled up on Mom and Dad's lap or to be a kid with a sister as a best friend.
Interested in your own at-home session? Learn more about my Lifestyle Sessions.
Welcome to the blog! I'm Laura, a Charlottesville-area photographer specializing in authentic, natural-light photography and heirloom print art. Hope you'll explore my little online home and reach out if you have any questions!