On Wednesdays we usually share background about a specific business. Today we’re flipping the script a bit and asking this question: What happens when a photographer becomes the client? Most people would probably expect a perfectly propped session in an extraordinary backdrop. But that’s not always the case. A perfect example of that is when Rebecca from Studio B Photography planned her most recent family session. Rebecca scheduled her session with her friend Ashley of Ashley Brushi Photography. Ashley did an incredible job capturing this family in their natural element. You can feel the happiness in every image. If you haven’t had a lifestyle session at your home, you’ll want to after seeing this adorable family. We asked Rebecca to tell us about her experience as the client.
Why did you want to do a lifestyle shoot?
I wanted to do the session so we could have the memories of the tiny details of the way our life is right now. With a toddler SO much of every day revolves around routines. I love the simple beauty of those things and the comfort they provide our family.
I’m finally getting to the point where I would consider having another baby (it has taken me over two and a half years!) I really want to capture what life is like now, before we willingly commit ourselves to more chaos!
Tell us about your family.
Our house is messy most of the time. We have a puppy who is large and quite flatulent. We love reading stories together, eating sushi and exploring new places. Our kitchen is the location for many dance parties and occasional snack related meltdowns. One of my husband’s greatest gifts to our family is that he folds all the laundry. I like to buy cookies at Whole Foods, put them in a tupperware and pass them off as home made at parties.
What are challenges that you face as a mom?
See above mentioned messy house and flatulent dog. My husband and I both run our own (completely separate) businesses. He is a lawyer and works in a traditional office setting and I am a photographer and work from home the majority of the time. In order to do work I either need to get a sitter, park my child in front of the god-awful YouTube videos she loves, or have my husband come home early from work. My husband just has to leave the house.
I am extraordinarily grateful for the freedom that my job allows me, but sometimes I wish I could just get out and do it without an act of congress granting me the freedom. Another challenge is the nightly question of what to make for dinner-meal planning is not my friend. I have given in to the wonderful world of meal delivery services and we usually get 3 dinners a week from Plated or Hello Fresh.
It’s so much easier to just get all the ingredients for a yummy dinner delivered to your door than to pick recipes and get everything at the store. Plus, when I try to pick meals on my own I ALWAYS forget at least one ingredient.
What is you favorite thing about your family?
Snuggles. I think snuggling and all related forms of affection are one of the best things about being a parent. There is nothing in the world like getting my little girl out of her crib in the morning and then burrowing under the covers in my bed with her. I hold her close and kiss her head while we read.
I know she won’t want to snuggle with me like this forever (as it is, she sometimes declares “NO MOMMY PUT YOUR KISSES BACK IN YOUR MOUTH!”) but while she’s still small enough to let me get away with it, I’ll do it! I love watching my daughter light up when my husband comes home from work. As soon as she hears the garage door go up she starts doing this wiggly happy dance and shouts “Daddy!” over and over again until she can reach him and throw her arms around him.
Creating a family is the most wonderful thing I’ve ever done.