It wasn’t long ago that I made the difficult decision to quit taking on traditional family portrait sessions. Because family means so much to me, I didn’t want to let go of family sessions all together, so I opted to document family lifestyle sessions instead. This means that most of the session will document how a family interacts and socializes with each other during a normal day. There will be no matching outfits, no unfamiliar smiles, or awkward poses. These sessions capture those every day, cute faces your children make, the tight hugs and sweet kisses, the occasional tantrum or time out, but most importantly, the love a family has! I will barely be noticeable to document the day and preserve little moments that might otherwise be forgotten.
As part of a personal project I am working on, my Aunt JoAnn agreed to take part in my first ever “A Day in the Life Of” session—a family lifestyle session.
Aunt JoAnn is the oldest living of the eight children born on my father’s side of the family. Both of her parents and four of her sisters have already passed. I wanted to begin documenting my dad’s side of the family before any more of his brothers or sisters are gone. I spent six hours documenting what a typical day looks like for Aunt JoAnn.
When I arrived at noon, Aunt JoAnn was sitting down to have lunch with her daughter-in-law and great-granddaughter. Her son, Kevin, and his family now live with her. About four years ago, Aunt JoAnn was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. Though the first doctor who took a look inside her told her there was nothing he could do, she has muscled through and fought this disease tooth and nail. She has maintained the best of attitudes and rarely, if ever, let this damn disease get the better of her. Her strength and tenacity amaze me. I am proud to be of her blood.
Most everyone on my dad’s side of the family is some sort of artist. They are quilters, painters, embroiderers, crocheters, carpenters, musicians—legitimate artists. My aunt is no exception. Aunt JoAnn showed me some of the quilts she has worked on over the years and the afghan she was currently crocheting. She explained the process of putting together a quilt square or piece. It made sense to me as long as the pieces had straight sides. I couldn’t understand the curved and round patterns. Some of the quilts she showed me were over 100-years-old.
She skipped her nap to take me outside to look at her cows—which she is extremely proud of. I was shocked to learn she had a tablet which was a Christmas present. She said she loved to play games on it when she wasn’t quilting, crocheting, or watching Judge Judy®. We sat on the front porch and watched Katelyn play with the kitty as cool rain threatened to fall. In the late afternoon, she snacked on popcorn with her great-granddaughter until it was finally time for supper.
It’s comforting to spend some time in my grandparents’ house. It’s also comforting to spend some time with someone who has the mannerisms, the body language, and the same sweet, sweet soul of my grandmother. We had a great time telling stories from the past and spending the day together. I will document another day for her in a family lifestyle session.
What does a day in your life look like? Until next time, be positive, happy, and healthy, and don’t forget to be photographed.
I am a San Antonio-based wedding and senior photographer who started Ata-Girl Photography Co., LLC in 2010. As one of the up-and-coming San Antonio wedding photographers, I am also available to shoot in Austin, Houston and Dallas and the surrounding areas. I am also available for destination weddings worldwide. Ata-Girl Photography Co. offers an amazing wedding photography service that you won’t soon forget. As a professional photographer, my sole purpose is to provide you the absolute best photography experience.
I am a professional photographer who enjoys documenting the important milestones and captivating moments in people’s lives. I firmly believe that the unique set of circumstances I have faced in life has prepared me to take a personal and genuine interest in my photography clients. When I’m not photographing a wedding, family or high school senior, I love hiking, cycling, reading, listening to Elvis and most importantly, I enjoy seeing my daughters happy!
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