Family Photography

The Y Family | Coventry Family Photographer

I've been photographing Jessica's family since her second-born, Evelyn, was just days old. I've said it a million times before, and I'll keep saying it; the best thing about doing this work is being invited back into people's lives to continue to document all the things that have changed along with all the things that stay the same.

Jessica + Steve are devoted, loving parents who take care to remember that more is caught than taught, and their children are living testaments to that effort.

A Morning With You | The Custatis Family | Oaks Family Photographer

My experience with the Custatis family has always been a rewarding one. Anyone who walks into their old, cozy house would immediately feel the love that lives in these walls as I did as soon as I came in that morning. Maggie (mommy) was a little anxious about what we would do once I arrived. Most Moms have this concern. I told her that in my experience, the kids usually take care of that for us. 

The kids filled it up with room tours, toy chest tours, dress up, anecdotes about how mom doesn't like when their teeth fall out (in a grossed out way more than a sentimental way), tower-building, banner-making, diaper changing, tickle-fighting, on and on. 

A Morning with You | The S Family

A sink bath. An alphabet puzzle. Hopping across the kitchen on what Dad thought was the dumbest thing the Easter Bunny could possibly bring. Keeping the sneaky dog out of the bedroom. A few choruses of, "I can do it myself." and "Where's his bottle?". A few minutes spent in time out, alphabet puzzle time again, feeding time again, lunch time at the table. Tickles in between bites from mom, side eye from Dad when tootsies make their way on top of the table. 

Typed out it might not look like much. And if you listed your daily activities you may not see the beauty in the minutiae of your morning. To see that, you'd have to slow it down; maybe even freeze it so you can take a closer look.

A Morning with the Baldasano Family | Boyertown Family Photographer | Almond Photography

"We got him that stool so he could brush his teeth, and reach the top of his dresser, and now he uses it for everything. Any time we're doing something, "STOOL!" He picks it up over his head and  uses it all the time. It's hilarious."

I had already taken a photo of Lukas tiptoed on said stool getting his space projector ready when his mother, Caitlin, laughed about how he uses his beloved stool for as many tasks as possible. It's just this kind of personal detail that has me so fascinated with photographing families in their home. Suddenly, who knows when, Lukas just won't need that stool anymore. He won't proudly carry it around over his head through the halls of the house. It's part of a milestone in his childhood at this time; the need to be independent but still (not that all children his age like to admit this) very dependent on his parents. 

The Sunday morning I spent with the Baldasano's was brimming with love and laughter. That sounds like a wooden DIY sign you might hang over an archway in your house, but in this case, it is true. Coming into a house like their's with such life and warmth to photograph is my absolute favorite. Thank you for having me. 

Berks County Family Photographer | The Dries Family | In-home family photographer

I really didn't want to start this post off talking about how I've been photographing this family at least once a year since before both of these boys were born, but that's sort of what this whole thing is about, so I don't see any way out of it.

That's the goal when you become a family photographer; to be invited back to document the LIVES of these children. I've photographed these boys since they were days old and it's honest-to-God so cool to see how they are developing. They're going to have such a comprehensive record of their childhood, and that is an amazing gift to give your children.

Glenolden Family Photographer | A morning with the M Family | Almond Photography

I threw my camera bag over my shoulder and fished for my keys in my coat pocket; another successful and fun family session in the books. “Thanks so much again for inviting me back, Jen. It’s so much fun for me to see all the things that are different-” “And how much is the same!”, Jen quickly added.

Her interjection caught me off guard in the best way. One of those moments when you can feel your mind opening up to a new perspective on something you’ve done/thought about hundreds of times.

I’ve had the privilege of working with this family since Jen & Steve were engaged a few years ago. Since then, I photographed their wedding, maternity photos, newborn photos, and now their first son, Logan, at one year of age. I’m always so careful to document the moments that I know are fleeting, and the traditions that will inevitably die out  when I come back into a family’s life for an annual shoot, but she brought up a valid point; so much stays the same.

How many times have you heard stories about a sibling, your parents, or your grandparents, (or maybe even stories and photos about yourself)  and with a knowing laugh, proclaimed the old adage, “Some things never change!”

Photographs are an excellent means preserving the everyday moments that will shift slightly over a short period of time. They also serve as a living testament to all the constants that have remained throughout the ever changing seasons in our lives.

What a beautiful paradox. Thanks, Jen❤️.

Montclair Family Photographer | Gabe is One | Almond Photography

It is always so exciting, and such an honor when a family chooses me out of all the photographers in the area to come photograph them in their home. That feeling of honor is doubled when they ask me to come back again. 

Here is a morning spent with Gabe who's newborn session I shot a year ago. 

Exton Family Photographer | The Raymond Family | Almond Photography

 Luca, is a typical toddler boy; high-energy, social, has no concept of the phrase "Okay, one more time", loves to throw blocks even when his mommy reminds him that is not something "we" do (and then she silently laughs to herself, "I mean it is something we do, but we're trying to break him of that habit.)

But once Luca gets within a few feet of his baby sister, he seems to let go of his rambunctious tendencies + starts to use his "big boy nose" to nuzzle her gently, or hold her hand. He seems to have an understanding that he needs to be tender with her. Who knows if it will last, but it was fun for me to watch and document the juxtaposition of this all-boy's personality; at one moment his asking his dad to flip him upside down for the 100th time and squealing at the top of his lungs, + at the next he is whispering "Are you tired, sweet baby?" into his newborn sister's fuzzy ears.

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