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.
Personal Project: 365 Days of Black + White
Honestly, I’m nervous to commit to 365 days of black + white images. But I know this project will push me, along with just enough restraint. Perhaps behind it is my love of film or Ginger Rogers’ movies, but mostly I hope to make better black + white photographs. I will be able to better serve my own artistic voice through my practice. I will benefit others’ lives by evoking those feelings only black + white images know how.
I found a long letter my dad wrote me when I was 18, essentially talking about finding my way in the world to acquire the integrity that I believe he has modeled for me. I can sum up a big part of it with some verses in Philippians. I also know he prayed for these things for me, showing me grace along the way, and I know I wish these things for my own two little boys. This is Philippians 1:9-11 from the Bible version called The Message.
So this is my prayer: That your life will flourish and that you will not only love much but well. Learn to love appropriately, you need to use your head and test your feelings so that your love is sincere and intelligent, not sentimental gush. Live a lover’s life, circumspect and exemplary, a life Jesus will be proud of: bountiful in fruits from the soul, making Jesus Christ attractive to all, getting everyone involved in the glory and praise of God.
People are willing to be brave when they admit their smallness within the enormity of the world, and the best way to understand our smallness is to leave our comfort zones and start exploring, one foot in front of the other. When we go on adventure, we'd better understand where we truly belong. We want our kids to know that it doesn't always take an airport gate and a 747 to experience the world. It was big even in our own country. This is why we take road trips. // Tsh Oxenreider from Notes From A Blue Bike
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.