Mel’s Story

This is my family’s story.  As you can see, photos are everything to us too….

From the moment it began it was pure vulnerability.

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We love him sooo much we could explode.  What if we’re doing it all wrong?  What if we could be doing it better?  I just want to see my family happy.

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Sometimes wanting “happy” unknowingly shifts to wanting “perfect.”  A picture with everyone looking in the same direction and smiling, only one discernible chin for me, clothes that don’t clash and no food particles on his face.  Is that really so much to ask?

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Everyone else seems to have it “together.”  We’ve tried… and that picture, even when beautifully lit and composed, never really looks like us.  I’ve come to prefer the pictures that do.  I’ve come to an honest place where I put who we are above what I assume others want to see.  I’ll bet you a buck they are the same!  Honestly, I think everyone we’re all tired of having to act so perfect all the time.  We’re longing to be our real selves.

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Its going by fast.  I like that photography stops the joy for a moment and lets me hold it.

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We all think to take out a camera while we’re on vacation…

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… and during holidays, rich in family tradition.

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We’re also pretty good about documenting big milestones.

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Sometimes I’m there for really big moments for my clients.   I’ve photographed weddings, baptisms and birthdays.  The three births I have photographed changed me profoundly, each in their own way.

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Most of the time I’m called in for a date on the calendar with no special markings.  If you think about it, its these days made of so-called ordinary moments lumped together that make up our life.   Sometimes we stop and record it with a phone and post it to IG.  But mostly, these days come and go.

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They are full of magic: the ordinary days you spend together.  Sometimes a habit or ritual is so usual that you won’t really notice it until it’s gone, tossed to the side and outgrown, replaced by something new.

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Childhood is still happening!  Something unique and special is happening right now!  Don’t wait for special events or “the right” season.   Its happening in every season, its happening now…

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…and it happens everywhere.  In the most familiar places.

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When we get together we’ll take some posed portraits because, let’s face it, you’re freakin’ adorable.

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But if you give me your time and trust, we can also have the awkwardly endearing,

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the magically ethereal,

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the playful,

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and moments that are heartbreakingly authentic and universally understood.

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Its very brave, being seen.

If you have a little courage, I have a camera.  Your ordinary is more extraordinary than you realize.  Until, of course, someone shows it to you and it takes your breath away.

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Photographs in this section were taken by myself; fellow photographer and my partner in all things, Sam Worthington, my doula Therese Hak-Kuhn (our son’s birth) and our friend Mosca Flint (our family pic).  And an unknown family member who picked up our camera at Christmas and took the sippy cup photo bomb pic.  Thank you, its the bomb.

And a very special thanks to our family, of which this section is uniquely composed, for allowing me to share our life and love in pictures here.