I've known Marissa since high school, and we're the kind of friends who are so alike it's downright scary sometimes. When she asked me to photograph a Day in the Life session of her family as they decorated their home for Christmas, I was all in! It's a really special time in their life right now, anticipating the birth of a miracle baby that they never thought they'd have, making their firstborn McKenna a big sister.
One of the things I hear most from people who are uncertain about how a documentary family photography session would go for them is, "But we don't do anything! We're boring!"
Um, no - let me be the first to tell you that life is never, ever boring when there are kids involved, and certainly when there are kids and three dogs involved, as there was in this session. This session is a life-is-never-boring case in point. ;)
McKenna is up before everybody, happily contenting herself with Shopkins and TV
Logan: I'll help. No, seriously, I can be helpful, promise.
When Mom says don't touch that, and you totally touch that, and then Mom cuts you that look when your finger gets singed.
Counting the days until Christmas
In, and out. And then in again. And then out again. And then one more time for those in the back.
~Every golden retriever, ever
Mom's two biggest helpers. Probably.
Mom skills: blocking the dog with a lightening-fast knee when the kid drops a pancake on the floor.
Logan taking complete advantage of the boss human's distraction.
*Some* people get to eat pancakes. *Other people* have to just watch and salivate.
What? Nothing to see here. Not contemplating any trouble. At all. Why are you laughing?
Mmmm, unattended pancakes!
"I love you but you have to stop."
~ Child who needs personal space to golden whose concept of personal space is sketchy at best.
Dad's exact opinion of this whole scenario
Camera lessons with Mom
A frosting-free doughnut is like a small child's breakfast call sign
Quick break for some probably-frowned upon gymnastics
A girl and her dog
Logan playing with Decidedly-Not-Logan's-Toy, as Logan's Toy sits nearby. I totally busted you, dude.
The eternally optimistic Logan. One day, a human's going to intentionally feed him people-food. One day.
The ice machine = Logan's siren song
Quick gymnastic break. I'm sensing a theme.
Dogs need play breaks, too.
Sad, sad little Christmas tree star. It rallied, don't worry.
What I tell every parent - there's going to be a meltown. There's never not a meltdown. They make for sweet moments. <3
Logan, definitely not contemplating stealing an ornament.