I remember thinking how absolutely awesome Instagram was when I was introduced to it in 2013. I didn't know what to post, but I loved the visual aspect of the app and still do.
Rather than feelings burdened by time, the camera helped me appreciate it one small slice at a time. I discovered within these slices new worlds and hidden truths that previously went unseen. // The Creative Fight by Chris Orwig
I know this season of your life seems ordinary, chaotic and possibly not worth photographing.
I assure you, there is beauty to be found, nostalgia to be gained. Like mine, your family's everyday life + love deserves to be documented.
Before having kids I worked for years on the visual side of Anthropologie. It is a retail company dedicated to women living colorful lives of continual inspiration and learning. This lifestyle is reflected through each woman’s curated home decor and clothing style.
I find every Anthropologie store to be a place of inspiration in itself with elaborate displays and carefully chosen products. During my time employed there we had Inspiration Days once per month. These days are like adult field trips. Instead of working in the store that day we would go places like art museums, gardens or thrift shops. We would observe, brainstorm, find new ideas for our current projects, and mostly find new ways of looking at things.
Recently, I took one such Inspiration Day away from my mom-duties at home to photograph at the McMillan Greenhouse on the University of North Carolina campus in Charlotte. I had no agenda but to observe through my camera lens, craft beautiful images, and awe at the creativity of God’s creation.
I firmly believe every workplace should take these adult field trips! We need time to get out and explore, see new things, have our daily view refreshed.
Where can you go this week for some quiet and change in perspective?
I had feelings of anxiety as the one year anniversary of my father’s death approached. I became distracted with hospitality and the usual caring for little ones. The day came like any other that year, one with an awkward gaping hole left in his absence. But a weekend in which we celebrated his life—all those good years we have to be grateful for—with things he would have loved.
Documentary Style Family Photo Session Idea
Surfside Beach, SC wasn’t necessarily our favorite seaside town or ocean escape. But it was the ocean. And I made a point to stand in the waves, letting them crash into me, resonating God’s greatness, remembering his gift of creation. Overnight trips like this don’t have to be anything elaborate to capture artful, but memorable time with family on film.
I dragged my whole family to Asheville for a last minute family photo shoot at the North Carolina Arboretum over the weekend. Then dragged them (not really, my five year old lead the pack) + friends up the mountains on the Tennessee border. I can proudly say I have hiked some of the Appalachian Trail up to Sams Gap. And Asheville, I will be back.
This weekend was Charlotte SHOUT! It was also constant on and off rain. So we dodged some droplets and headed Uptown to check out the installation art of Prismatica and Intrude.
Later in the weekend we hit up the strawberry patch at Wise Acres Organic Farm before the rain hit. The 2019 crop was delivered with a root fungus that ruined two-thirds of their plant growth. But we did it for the fun of it and took advantage of the extra challenge of scavenging for red berries. What a perfect tradition for a family documentary photo shoot session.
Hi. I'm Suzanna.
I like running outside, eating real food and crafting beautiful images. I am captivated by documenting everyday life–revealing what authentic, adventurous and lovers of life we all are.