Over the past year I have struggled with whether or not to offer mini sessions as a boutique, film photography business. As I have leaned more toward a lifestyle approach in my work I came to the conclusion that I could incorporate both and make mini sessions fun for my client and myself. In terms of a mini lifestyle session at Leanne Haskins Photography, a Vignette is a brief description of your family’s day-to-day life through heirloom quality lifestyle portraiture.
A Vignette by definition is a brief, evocative description or account of something. Memories are made in these brief, seemingly mundane moments of our every day life. Making breakfast with the family every Saturday, reading and playing on the floor with your toddler before you head to work, picking strawberries every summer at the beginning of the season; these are the moments, the small events that will stay with, not only the parent, but the children as well. I believe that having quality photos of these brief, meaningful glimpses of a life shared together will spark the same sense of closeness and traditions in the generations to follow.
This family is one that I have been photographing for almost two years now. Making breakfast together is just one of many favorite things for them to do together. The children, 2 and 5, are at those ages where they LOVE to help with EVERYTHING. As you can see in the photos they were hyper focused on filling, cracking, and mixing.
Also, can we just address this kitchen? I would never go out to eat again if I could cook in this kitchen every day. Aesthetically it is gorgeous but it is also super cozy! I know I’m not the only one thinking it belongs in a magazine. This couple designed this home themselves so having these photos of such a special time between them in a very special place will be something they cherish forever. I can just see the children as adults sharing these photos with their children and reminiscing over their childhood.
We all know that it is incredibly important to set aside time to spend real, quality time with our children. For working parents, this may be an even stronger feeling. Every morning before Leif goes to work, he and Annie play on the floor, read books, and listen to music with their little guy. This fella has a kick-butt collection of vintage toys, dance moves like you’ve never seen, and currently a deep passion for the book Green Hat Blue Hat by Sandra Boynton. In this house however its referred to as the “Uh-Oh” book.
These not-so-quiet mornings before a work day are priceless. Only in retrospect do we see how this time shapes our children and the relationship between the parents and child. This cheeky little guy may not remember these moments but they will become important to him as he listens to the stories that go along with these images.
Does your family have a monthly, weekly, or even daily tradition that you are interested in documenting? I would love to hear about it!
Lets take those next steps in creating a valuable part of your family’s history!