The Mara Family
Dom, Keri & Lachlan Mara with special guest Grandpa Mara
The Mara’s didn’t have a specific vision of what they wanted from their family photo session other than some beautiful moments of their current life as it is. Keri expressed a desire for images of her favorite and not so favorite (the inevitable tantrum or naughty behavior) daily moments from Lachlan’s childhood to remember when they are older. Other than that, the sky was the limit. They had never been a part of an unposed documentary session before, only posed lifestyle photoshoots, so they weren’t sure what to expect. Out of town Grandpa Mara was a special guest on the day of our photo shoot.
Dom and Keri live in a fun, trendy and community oriented neighborhood in action packed SE Portland. They work hard and stay very busy all week long and love to get out for walks in their neighborhood and spend quality time as a family during their priceless weekends. A morning ritual is walking to a nearby cafe for coffee or breakfast and enjoying the community they live in. Other than their in home session, we planned to incorporate a walk into their shoot.
Family and milestone photographs are very special to Keri. She loves putting new photographs up on her mantle and bigger wall pieces on display in the living room to enjoy daily as she walks by them. Although Dom enjoys having the photographs he is less enthusiastic (okay, downright hesitant) about having his photograph taken and doesn’t look forward to a camera being around. They are a split house on their desire to have a photographer enter their home to document their life. Since they had never been exposed to a documentary photoshoot before, they were a little nervous (but excited) about what was going to happen during the session. Keri thought it might feel impersonal or intrusive to have someone in their home. Luckily they were willing to give our documentary session a shot (no pun intended!).
More recently Keri had started to gravitate toward photographs of her family that have more meaning to her and she no longer felt connected to studio images where all the photographs look the same. As we were talking about photographs they’ve had taken before, she referenced the newborn photos they had taken of Lachlan when he was born. At the time they were taken she had loved them. But now looking back on them they look sterile and boring. She felt like the images don’t show his personality or anything unique about him and they just look like any baby in some props. Keri was ready to embrace having a photographer in her home in order to get photographs of her family and of Lachlan that have special meaning to her!
The Mara family did not feel uncomfortable at all during the shoot. They had fun the entire time and felt like everything about the session was natural and different to a lifestyle shoot where they had to be “on” the whole time. The photographs they got from their session opened their eyes to the world of opportunity for ordinary things to be made into beautiful photographs to be hung on a wall. The affect of having meaningful moments captured helped Keri to show gratitude for what she is blessed with in her life that she can sometimes lose perspective on. It was all about capturing the special moments that could otherwise be forgotten and that’s exactly what they got from their session.
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