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Once upon a session - one family's experience

Many of my new clients have never tried documentary photo sessions before. So, when Lindsay reached out to me to book her session, it was no surprise to hear excitement and just of touch of curiosity in her voice. With both her sons now in school and growing up so fast, she wanted lots of candid photos of her family while out on an adventure. We tossed around a few ideas: a morning at the park, an afternoon at the beach, a visit to a museum. With last week's colder, fall-like weather we settled on apple picking. Needless to say, I was pretty excited!

Since this was her first storytelling photo session, I was curious to hear about what she thought of the experience.

Below is the story in her words, in response to some of my questions.


1.Why did you choose to book a storytelling photo session for your family?

I loved the idea of pictures telling a story and being able to be followed along on an important/fun activity or event instead of a posed shoot. I feel you get so much more out of candid pictures of you enjoying an activity. The happiness and love for one another becomes very evident as your actions together are captured organically.

2.Tell me about your session and what you liked most about it ?

I loved the location! Apple picking is something most families do and I really wanted to capture the fun and even the chaos of it (like my son eating alllllll the apples). I was incredibly impressed with how comfortable and confident Myriam is behind the camera. She is really creative which makes for amazing pictures and she is a pro at capturing the moments at just the right time. She was also SO good with the boys, making them laugh and letting them be silly.

I was hoping she would capture a few nice shots of us picking apples and being a family but she captured so much more; the love we all have for each other, the boys' silly and playful sides and the fun we had that night!

3.What did you feel when you saw your gallery of photos for the first time?

I almost teared up! I know this may sound silly, especially considering I was there and sort of knew what to anticipate, but the pictures were much more than what I ever expected. There were moments Myriam was able to capture that I wasn't aware of, moments with just the boys that I didn't know were happening. She captured them all so amazingly.

4.Which of the photos I sent you is your favorite and why?

I'm a sucker for the shot of my eldest son giving me a kiss under the tree. That one made my heart pang for sure. I also absolutely love all of my youngest's silly faces! His personality is captured in the photos; you can tell just how happy and funny he is through these amazing photos.

5.What would you say to someone considering booking a storytelling photo session?

I would say: "Don't hesitate!". With Myriam's creativity and ability to capture moments as well as feelings, you are guaranteed to have an incredible session with pictures (and memories) that will last you a lifetime. I had never heard of storytelling photography before I met Myriam and now I can't think of having pictures taken any other way. I'm already thinking of what adventure she can capture for us next! She is the best!

A big thank you to my client Lindsay for taking the time to answer my questions and share her experience, as well as the Orleans Fruit Farm for welcoming us! I had such a fun time documenting your family adventure.

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