Documentary Session: April + Brad at home in their downtown loft

Over the past few years of my wedding photography journey, I'm constantly reminded of why I "do what I do." True, I love taking pictures of weddings and the whole day is such a wonderful adrenaline rush of excitement, but then there's everything leading up to a wedding. There's the phone calls, emails, texts, and coffee shop hangs. All the moments before the event where I have the opportunity to get to know my clients and learn what they do, what they enjoy, their hobbies, and catch glimpses into their heart and what makes them tick. Pictures are cool, but what happens behind them is the real and unpretentious, and my hope is to capture a glimmer of that within a photo.

With weddings being the bulk of what I shoot, I've been grappling with the idea of how I could bring in a deeper element of relationship into my sessions that are not weddings. In college I took a few journalism courses, and I was captivated by the photojournalistic components to the classes. The real, unstaged moments frozen in an instant. I always hoped I could bring some element of that practice into my personal work, which is no doubt why I love wedding days. But as I mentioned, what if I could do that with other photography fields too? What if I could spend some time with my clients, in the space they feel most comfortable (and can freely wear their pajamas should they feel so inclined) and reflects every aspect of who they are? Sure, maybe not a groundbreaking discovery or even a concept for everyone, and that's totally OK, but for me it's one more catalyst for establishing a deeper level of interpersonal relationship with my clients. These little realizations excite me, y'all!

Enter April and Brad who graciously opened up their home for my newest artistic endeavor. April is a gifted painter and a natural-born interior designer to boot, and Brad works in architecture (power couple, amiright?). As you can imagine, between these two their place is nothing short of magical. It's the most stunning and vibrant loft apartment embodying personal reflection, all the way down to the eclectic art pieces they collected from their road trip around the U.S. last Summer. They have the happiest love and the best senses of humor to boot. We turned on some music, made coffee, hung out, and I captured it all and the whole process just felt so...simple. I was reminded of how a photo session should feel: genuine, spontaneous, and an out outer reflection of inner joy.

I hope you enjoy this session, and I'm sure you'll adore these two as much as I do. If you're interested in a documentary session to capture you and your family, contact me and let's celebrate your favorite parts of life.

xo, Anna

 

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