Hello! I've had some people ask about doing mini sessions & that is something I've adamantly never done. I've always felt like a 20 minute time frame was way too rushed to take a decent portrait of someone! Plus there's the expectation of the typical setup where you shuffle families in and out and there are specific places to stand and directions on how to pose, ways to get everyone to look at the camera and Snap!
I thought, "Ew. No." But I did think long and hard about what would make me feel fulfilled as well as my client. I went through all the ins and outs of the holidays - what I loved and what I treasured. I boiled it down to the two most important things - time and family. When I worked full-time, I worked a 100hr week, so the ten days I got off for Christmas and New Years were phenomenal. I felt like a person again! Any free time I had on the weekends I frantically spent with family even if I still had to be tied to my work phone.
Enter, the documini. It's a concept I created that focuses on who you are as a family while still adhering to my vision as an artist: document what's present. You are able to experience the best of the holidays while also having it "memorex'd." There are so many possibilities with this. I was thinking a giant snowball fight would be epic - also, Christmas morning? My parents always grabbed a camera to take pictures when they gave us "big" presents - for me, a drum kit! For my sister, a Life Size Angel Barbie. And we look back at those photos that spark memories and laugh about how as soon as I sat at my new drum kit my mom started in with the nauseating, "Now you're not allowed to play too early in the morning. I bought you sound proof pads to put on whenever we're home, okay? If you take them off we're going to return the kit - got it, Cara?" And my face slowly melted. Snap!
I hope you can think of some memorable traditions or experiences that will make the holidays special this year and share them with me! p.s. I'm low key hoping to document someone's Christmas morning.