An evening at home with the Schroeder Family, Atlanta Family Photographer


Songs, swings, and so much JOY!

Girl sitting on mother's lap while other children bounce on the trampoline

You can imagine my excitement when I found out I was going to be able to photograph a family with a 5 year old and 3 1/2 year old triplets. I love chaos, and big families, and lots of activity, and I knew it was going to be so much fun! While it was all those things, it was so, so much more. Each child was their own perfectly distinct personality that complimented the family dynamic. Of course there was a lot of activity, but as I watched Mom and Dad pushing the children on the swings, the kids were all singing, and it was completely calm. The swings would occasionally all sync up as the kids belted the melodies. The swings themselves were like the strings of an instrument, chords made of individual notes gently strummed by Mom and Dad. Okay, maybe that's a cheesy metaphor, but I really could have listened to this family sing and swing all night. I'm never not amazed by the families I photograph.

I know it's not easy to open your home up to have your daily life photographed. It's also not easy to get into the frame with your children. But, when you do, you give your kids the gift of being able to see how you jumped with them on the trampoline and how you wrestled with them on the couch. They get to see the ways you loved them with snuggles, and books, and color coordinated cups, and they will be able to see the joy they had through it all.


child with hand on window looking out of house
siblings hugging with child looking up and smiling
girl smiling and holding brother who is crawling
children in bedroom standing on bed looking at art on the walls
child smiling and jumping off a trunk
father snuggling child who is smiling
boy in pretending to kick another boy who is smiling
Boy dancing on the trampoline
Mom and Dad pushing four children on swings
Boy on a swing singing
image from above of mom pushing two children on swings
Image of girl smiling while swinging
Mom and dad pushing four children on swings who are all going at different times
Daughter and mother looking at each other while sitting with family
Mother and daughter jumping together on a trampoline
Girl jumping on the trampoline with her mom
Boy on his hands with his legs in the air on the trampoline
Two girls jumping on a trampoline
environmental portrait of girl lying on a trampoline
Boy and girl shutting screen sliding door
Triplets drinking out of cups
Triplets eating pizza
Family at a dinner table mom picking up cup that had spilled
Girl looks at herself in the mirror and makes fishy lips
mother reading book to four children on the couch
Girl snuggles with mom as she reads a book to kids
Kids drinking out of cups with straws in a kitchen
A family sitting on the couch with kids laughing and goofing
Dad massages child's back while girl climbs on couch and boy in front dances
Dad kisses son who is smiling and girl in background holds onto another kid's legs

Atlanta Clickin Walk 2017, Atlanta Documentary Photographer


Exploring Atlanta with some of my favorite photographers

street photography image of skyline park at dusk from atlanta clickin walk 2017

I had been antsy to get out and start taking pictures again of something other than my living room and the people in it. Roland was three weeks old, and I was feeling pretty good, so we decided to join several other Atlanta photographers on the Clickin Walk. I had never been on a photo walk before, and while it was out of my comfort zone, I can assure you that I will definitely be going again. I don't think I will ever tire of photographing kids; however, it was really refreshing to observe the world around me without worrying about kids running off or climbing on everything. With my lens not focused on my own kids or a client's family, I was free to look up and around and pay more attention to light, colors, and composition as subjects. Instead of focusing on capturing children playing, I was able to play around with my camera settings, try out new things, and actually converse with grown ups. We met up at City Winery at Ponce City Market, and then we walked the Beltline for a little bit before heading to Skyline Park on the roof of Ponce City Market. I really want to start a practice of going on photo walks and challenging myself to make pictures that don't include children. If anyone would like to join me or give me an excuse to make it happen, let me know! 

For this month's blog circle, I'm linking up with Anna Rasmussen who specializes in Family Portraits in Topsail Beach, North Carolina. Follow the circle all the way around to Minnesota and Alabama.


image of ponce city market from clickin walk atlanta 2017
street photography image of atlanta beltline from atlanta clickin walk 2017
street photography image of construction at ponce city market from atlanta clickin walk 2017
street photography image of bicycle and runner's feet from atlanta clickin walk 2017
street photography image of billboards and building from atlanta clickin walk 2017
street photography image of art on a building from atlanta clickin walk 2017
street photography image of runner on beltline from atlanta clickin walk 2017
street photography image of art on the beltline mike wsol's sculpture laborer from atlanta clickin walk 2017
street photography image of building graffiti and child running with bike in foreground from atlanta clickin walk 2017
street photography image of walkers on atlanta beltline from atlanta clickin walk 2017
street photography image of top floor of ponce city market from atlanta clickin walk 2017
street photography image of skyline park from atlanta clickin walk 2017
street photography image of a spill and legs from atlanta clickin walk 2017
street photography image of flag and slide at skyline park from atlanta clickin walk 2017
street photography image of attractions at skyline park from atlanta clickin walk 2017
street photography image of riders on ride at skyline park from atlanta clickin walk 2017
street photography image of skyline park and city skyline from atlanta clickin walk 2017
street photography image of newborn from atlanta clickin walk 2017
street photography image of skyline park at night from atlanta clickin walk 2017
street photography image of woman on skeeball game at skyline park from atlanta clickin walk 2017

Roland's First Days at Home with his Family


Welcome to the world, Roland.


Roland James Poulos, born in the wee hours of the morning on the twelfth of April, 2017.

We've spent lots of time on the couch this week, lots of hours past noon in our jammies with messy hair, lots of time just being. The girls are both smitten with their new baby brother, and he's pretty much a real life baby doll to Charlotte. She wants to hold him and carry him around always. She can't help but move him around and sing to him and touch him. She loves to put her finger in his mouth and gets the biggest kick out of how it feels when he sucks on it. Winnie has a more subtle affection for Roland. Her favorite thing to do is to come up and give him kisses, so many kisses. She also likes to point out his eyes, ears, mouth, and nose, poking them as she tells me each part. She loves to put his pacifier in her mouth and always makes it a point to show me she has it by pointing at it and smiling. They both speak to him in a voice an octave higher than their normal speaking voices. Charlotte always says, "Hi, little guy, " and Winnie just says all these sounds that are too soft and sweet and high pitched to understand. They were both pretty grossed out by his dried out umbilical cord, even though Charlotte cut his cord after he was born, and they keep their distance during diaper changes. Roland is sweet and sleepy and oh so cute, and he's pretty lucky to have these two big sisters. We're beyond excited to have him as part of our family.

I've really enjoyed participating in monthly blog circles as a way to connect with other photographers around the country. This month, I am linking to some Lifestyle Photography in Tulare, CA. Go check out the work of Megan Boggs and follow the blog circle back here.