This is real.

I got to visit one of my favorite people a few weeks ago.  My time spent at her house in Michigan was rich, full of laughter, good food, memories, new tattoos, love. And photos. I got to photograph her beautiful family.

When we first discussed the photographs…. her words went something like “I want just our real lives.  I might pick up the socks that always seem to find their way to my living room floor, but beyond that, I just want to see my life.  Because it will inevitably change and I want to be able to hold onto it. Oh, and I want some pictures of me and my husband because I love him.” This was music to my ears.  This is what I wish I photographed all. the. time.  (see why we’re friends? )
These mundane moments will be what makes your heart inflate in a few years when life moves forward.
I hope you enjoy seeing this typical Saturday morning at her house.  If you are interested in a Real Life Session at home, please contact me and mention this post for 10% off.

“Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things don’t matter at all, because once you are Real you can’t be ugly, except to people who don’t understand.”

Margery Williams The Velveteen Rabbit


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  • Christina - I found you through a mutual friend, and really enjoy your work.
    THIS, though, is amazing.
    So raw.
    I wish I had family photos like this — Real. True. Daily living.
    Mom playing with her daughters hair? AH. The little stuff like that just makes this.
    What a beautiful album this would make.
    Beautiful work. You're a true artist!!!ReplyCancel

  • Tammy Ballard - Amazing Beatiful Stunning Funny… word is not enough for the fun, love and seriousness in these pictures! ❤️ReplyCancel

  • Ann St Laurent Talaga - There are some AMAZING pictures in here. I LOVE them all. But a few actually took my breath away. Lori, how could you know what snapdragons mean to me? Or the look in Awnah’s eyes, Harpers true smile, Lauren and Chris sharing their love, and even my SUPER B!! Thank you for your amazing talent. It is NO wonder Lauren loves you.ReplyCancel

  • Morgan Rauch-Hutchinson - Love!!!ReplyCancel

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