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A Day in the Life session is where Daniel & myself capture the magic of every day life. We’ll be spending an entire day with you capturing all of the beautiful little moments that make up your daily routine. This is the direction we’ll be moving with all of our family photography away from the perfectly posed and into the naturally beautiful! Don’t get me wrong, posed portraits are great and we do them well, but I think there’s something extra special about capturing a day in time. Kids grow so quickly and the little moments pass us by every day. How amazing is it to freeze those moments forever? To remember the messy faces, make-believe, the tired cries, and all of the things in between! The more Daniel and I grow in our love for our craft the more we have an appreciation for these little moments. Day in the Life sessions make my heart sing and I can’t wait to share with you more and more!
The Smiths are one of my favorite families to photograph! We’ve done so many fun sessions together! When I approached them with the idea of a Day In The Life session they didn’t quite know what to make of it, but they said “we trust you!” There was still a mix of that old system of how we did things so there’s a mix of moments and posed here, but it’s moving towards a story and stories made to be told over and over. “Life is a book. We fill the pages” – Victoria Valentine.
When I arrived not everyone was quite ready yet, which was okay in my book! It allowed me to spend some time watching Raymond with his Aunty Em. They played and played until it was time for Baby Gabe to get in the spotlight. Little Ray loves being a big brother and put on his superhero mask & cape to take care of Baby Gabe. It was a beautiful afternoon capturing tons of sweet moments & snuggles! I can’t wait for the next time!
What a year it has been for the Shroyer family. It’s been full of heart ache and trials, joys and growth. At the end of 2015, we lost Mike. Ami’s husband, J Michael & Sadie’s father, and my dear friend. I’ve documented so many moments in this families life, mostly happy moments, sometimes painful ones. This latest photo shoot at their new home in High Point, NC was definitely the hardest family shoot I’ve ever done. Taking pictures of this amazing family with out their Dad just didn’t feel right. We all felt the hole that Mike left that day and in true Shroyer fashion, they chose to rise above the pain they felt to get photographed. Both Ami and I agree, there were far more “forced” smiles than normal and I doubt this will go down in their books as the best photo shoot ever, but it still had to happen for many reasons. Mostly because Ami & the kids were releasing a new album that they wrote over the past year called the Good Grief Project. It’s an amazing collection of original songs and covers that show their journey and their trust in God that he works all things for good. This family never ceases to inspire and amaze me. I’m so grateful to call them friends! Please check out the Good Grief Project at www.AmiShroyer.com.
You’ll notice that there were some genuinely beautiful moments in this photo shoot because these three can’t help but show their love for each other! Next time around I think a lot of the awkwardness will have faded and we can start a new way of photographing their love and life. I have never been more grateful for the gift of photography than I was when we realized Mike was gone, but we still had his photographs. Even tho he complained about how he looked at every photo shoot, even tho he’d joke with me that I wasn’t allowed to take pictures of his kids anymore because every time they looked way too old, and even tho it always took longer than he wanted, he always LOVED the end result! Watching the slideshow at his memorial service solidified the truth that we NEED to be photographed, even if it’s not comfortable. The legacy it leaves behind is vastly more important than our comfort. It doesn’t matter what you look like right now, grab your loved ones, and make a photograph, and let them know how much you love them!
This past Sunday night, Ami & the kids has their music release party for the Good Grief Project. We celebrated Mike again and I know his heart is swelling with pride at the amazing job they did! #WeRise #Shroyer3
Shannon and her sweet family are one of my favorites to get to spend time & hang out with! Shannon always makes me look fabulous when I get my hair done with her and in turn I make her & her family look fabulous with our photography! This time she brought along her extended family too and they are a riot, let me tell you what!
We ventured into Shannon’s neighbor’s property (don’t worry permission was given) in Kernersville, NC and found this fantastic field with a very cool old building. We watch the kids run, snuggled sweet new babies, and showcased the legacy of generations for this sweet family. I can’t wait until we get to spend quality time with this sweet family again!
Guys, you know it’s bad when I’ve waited this long to blog some of these sessions. Ang & Chad’s super sweet engagement happened over the summer and I’m just now blogging it…#TheStruggleIsReal
Ang & Chad have such a cool story. They met while they were both vacationing in Florida, Chad is originally from Upstate NY & Ang is from Canada. They both fly back and forth visiting each other when they can and plan on having a Winnipeg wedding next winter! How on earth did they shoot their engagement session in Greensboro, NC you ask? Well that itself is a crazy small world story. Note that Chad is originally from Upstate NY, but he now resides in Greensboro. When Ang & Chad decided on Greensboro as their engagement session location, Chad started the photographer research. He didn’t look far, because when he saw my phone number on google he immediately called me. Why? Because my area code was the same as his was back in Upstate NY! No looking at my website, no vetting other photographers, he called me and chatted me up for about 30 minutes. As we talked, we discovered that we actually knew a lot of the same people and grew up only a few towns away from each other. How crazy is that? After that Chad was decided, but he had to get Ang on board. Luckily that didn’t take much and a few weeks later I got to spend an afternoon hanging out with this fantastic couple!
Since they both travel so often to see each other, we thought it might be fun to start out at the airport, who knew you could take pictures at the airport?! So cool! We then ventured back to Cre8 because Ang & Chad love the outdoors and are avid hunters. One of my favorite parts of last summer were the epic thunderstorms we got. It made for some epic clouds and the rain started juuuuuuuust as we were finishing the session. Perfect timing!
It was so much fun getting to spend an afternoon with these two and I love how something as little as an area code brought us together! I know that their Winnipeg winter wedding is going to be amazing and I pray many blessings over their new adventure together!