At home with the Herricks
There's nothing I like more than hanging out with people for a couple of hours, camera in hand, and seeing what happens. It's such a pleasure to let the situation unfold naturally, as it would if I was not there. Inevitably, the moments that I capture during these 'Real Life' sessions lead to some of my very favorites images.When I talked with Elizabeth and Sam, we decided that it would be fun to just capture a normal morning at home with their kids. I told them not to worry about getting ready for the session, just to do what they would normally do on a Saturday morning. That's just what they did-- making breakfast together, doing a puzzle on the living room floor, letting the kids jump on the sofa and play in their rooms. The Herricks are a family that loves being together, being present, just doing ordinary things. At first Gus and Grayson (two kids with big personalities!) paid attention to me, but after a little while, they seemed to forget that I was there. And that's when I got a chance to see those special moments-- the real ones. Thank you Elizabeth and Sam for the allowing me into your lives for a couple of hours.Even though the pictures that we make during these sessions are simple and could be called ordinary, these portraits are special-- we are all striving to live in the moment, to really experience being with our families without the distraction of everything else in life-- and to be able to preserve a few of these moments is an extraordinary thing.