adobe house

The early stages are honored; we see the images celebrating the transition from maiden to mother. The maternity photos. The newborn moments. I’m asked to document first birthday parties, breast feeding, the toddler years.

But the sessions slow down as the children grow older. And more and more often, the parents remove themselves from the frame. There might be sports photos, portraits on homecoming, senior sessions, but the day to day life, heart, pulse of the family isn’t acknowledged.

And we certainly talk less about what it means to mother as the needs of our children scot up Maslow’s hierarchy.

But there are still sleepless nights.

Worry.

But there are also moments of heartbreaking tenderness.

I want to help you see honor those moments, especially if you’re having a hard time doing that on your own.

If it’s feeling hard, and so monotonous, let me come in a reintroduce you to the beauty that is hiding in plain sight.

To see more of this mama’s good taste, go check out her Etsy shop: ADOBE HOUSE VINTAGE / INSTAGRAM

And I’d love to create something beautiful with you and YOUR family. Please get in touch to book a session.

Slow Roll Sessions

Slow Roll Beach Sessions happen in Chesapeake Beach, either on Brownie's Beach, or in my overgrown back yard that serves as a great neutral backdrop, which is where these photos were taken.

In either case, I will spend time being with your family, watching, listening, feeling. And I will mindfully and intentionally shoot one roll of 35mm film. Just one roll. 36 exposures. And a few weeks later, I'll send you the edited digital scans via an online gallery, just like I always have. I can guarantee 10 images. These sessions are about letting us all be present, rooted in time. Generally, they won't take very long, but they will capture something honest and powerful. They won't have the same breadth of vision as the full sessions, but they will be a great way for us to continue to work together.

SLOW ROLL SESSION

(available immediately)

Time: around 30 minutes

Location: Chesapeake Beach

Product: 10 High-resolution digital files with printing/sharing/downloading rights

Price: $290


***ADD-ON: Add a second roll of film (an additional 10 images) for $135

gone to california

In June, Tom and I went to California. He won an award at work so they were sending us to Laguna Beach.

We headed out early to check out the desert.

And we brought Townes because when you’re used to toting five kids around, one infant feels like nothing.

There was a live I imagined that would be full of travel. Instead, I ended up with a life full of kids.

I’ve got no regrets.

But it sure was fun to do some exploring.

I packed tons of film but accidentally grabbed the digital camera, not the analog. And because I love film with all my heart, we ended up in a super Walmart in Yucca Valley on the hunt for a disposal film camera.

We loved the strangeness of Joshua Tree, cringed at the hippness of the Ace Hotel in Palm Springs, and slightly feared the cold, rough Pacific.

studying my teacher

He is new here.

Or so they say.

But sometimes I look at him and I think he is

not

new.

He has been here.

He is much older than I.

But old

or new.

It doesn’t much matter.

I know he has something to teach me.

So I study the dents of his knuckles.

I study the rolls of his neck.

I breathe him in deep.

Lightly brush my hand across the tufts of his hair.

Listen to his shallow breathes.

Listen for his deep sighs.

Waiting for his lessons.