An afternoon at home with the Ku Family, Atlanta Documentary Family Photographer


Full house. Full heart.

Lots of family members in a living room with grandma getting baby kisses in the background from family documentary photography session in atlanta

This session was a gift for a doting grandmother. Three families from all over the country gathered together in their childhood home, and I got to document it in all of it's chaos and joy. I thoroughly enjoyed watching all of the different relationships unfold as they played with balloons, sparklers, worked on a fairy house, played Octonaut Uno, and had a pillow fight. I know many families shy away from extended family sessions, but I have to say that they are some of my favorite. Coming from a big family and having grandparents that were such a big part of my life, these sessions stir up something in me that makes me so grateful for the opportunity to photograph them. I'm always so interested in watching all the activity and observing the many different ways of connecting; aunts, uncles, cousins, grandkids, spouses, nieces, nephews, brothers, and sisters. Grandma was all smiles and snuggles, and really, so was everyone else. While this session was meant as a gift for Grandma, I think ultimately the gift is for the grandkids as they will grow up with visual proof of how very much their grandma loves them.


A door with a wreath and a sign made by children from a documentary family photography session in Atlanta
Girl lying on the arm of a couch from documentary family photography session in atlanta
child making a face while getting hair brushed from family documentary photography session in atlanta
boy running from a balloon fight from family documentary photography session in atlanta
boys playing and kicking during a balloon fight during family documentary photography session in atlanta
mother and daughter kissing during shoe tying from a family documentary photography session in atlanta
two gingerbread houses from a family documentary photography session in atlanta
grandmother with grandkids from family documentary photography session in atlanta
mother holds grandson and big yellow balloon from family documentary photography session in atlanta
Mother holds daughter in an embrace during family documentary photography session in atlanta
Brother and sister stand in a backyard with trees from family documentary photography session in atlanta
Cousins with their arms around each other during a family documentary photography session in atlanta
cousins play with big yellow balloons during a family documentary photography session in atlanta
boy's head framed by big balloons from family documentary photography session in atlanta
father holds son and mother waves to him from the side from family documentary photography session in atlanta
family works to get a big yellow balloon unstuck from a tree from family documentary photography session in atlanta
Family stands in the backyard of a home as the grandmother looks on from family documentary photography session
father and daughter play catch with a big yellow balloon during a family documentary photography session in atlanta
child's feet with white socks up against the couch from a family documentary photography session in atlanta
father holds son up to grandmother as mother looks on from family documentary photography session in atlanta
Grandmother holds granddaughter during a family documentary photography session in atlanta
granddaughter lies on grandma while playing cards during a family documentary photography session in atlanta
adults in a pillow fight during a family documentary photography session in atlanta
man's glasses are crooked after being hit by a pillow from a family documentary photography session in atlanta
mom snuggles with son during a family documentary photography session in atlanta
Girl plays uno with her uncle during a family documentary photography session in atlanta
boys wrestle during a family documentary photography session in atlanta
boys are turned upside down by their fathers during a family documentary photography session in atlanta
family roars at child not in the frame from a family documentary photography session in atlanta
boy looks up at the camera from on the floor during a family documentary photography session in atlanta
Mother holds daughter in the background while children play with in uncle in the foreground from a family documentary photography session in atlanta
Boy looks back at the camera during a family documentary photography session in atlanta
mother holds son in a chair during a family documentary photography session in atlanta
father swings daughter by the arms outside from family documentary photography session
baby laughs while being held by mother from family documentary photography session atlanta
girl looks at a sparkler she is holding from a family documentary photography session in atlanta
Girl takes off shoes with a pile of shoes by the door from family documentary photography session in atlanta

A Day in the Backyard with the Gagnons


Pizza and Smores

image from family documentary session of mother holding and looking at daughter with father and son in background

Where do I start? I've known Sarah since I first moved to Madison, WI so many years ago. We took several art classes together and stayed in touch after I moved away to continue our conversations about fiber arts, adding home repair and parenting to the mix as well. Recently, I took a trip to Madison to second shoot a wedding with the extraordinary Anda Marie, and while I was there I had an extra day that I got to spend with the Gagnons. We spent a casual day lunching, antiquing, and backyarding. Sarah and Dave have built an incredible backyard landscaped with gardens, chickens, play structures, and a brick oven over the years in their spare time when they haven't been developing these awesome games. Lucky for me, Dave fired up the wood-fired brick oven and threw on some pizzas. We picked raspberries as we waited, and enjoyed smores after we had finished up. I so very badly wish this family lived closer to my family.


Image of mother looking at daughter while on a swing
image from family documentary session of mother holding son while picking raspberries
image from family documentary session of mother of looking at son who is eating a raspberry
image from family documentary session of boy smiling and partially covering his face with his hand
image from family documentary session of mother holding daughter in a chair in a playhouse
image from family documentary session of a girl climbing on playhouse
image from family documentary session of girl climbing in playhouse with drawn tattoo on hand and mother in background with tattoo showing
image from family documentary session of boy climbing a rope net
image from family documentary session of daughter looking down on father making pizza
image from family documentary session of boy putting his finger on his eye
image from family documentary session of girl
image from family documentary session of mother watering her garden
image from family documentary session of parents holding children who are playing
image from family documentary session of parents holding children who are playing
image from family documentary session of parents holding their kids on their shoulders
image from family documentary session of mother and son sitting on swing looking at each other
image from family documentary session of a little boy's dirty feet
image from family documentary session of a boy eating a smore with marshmallow stuck on his face
image from family documentary session of a girl sitting on the top of wooden pallets
image from family documentary session of a girl's bare feet sitting on a wooden pallet
image from family documentary session of woodfired pizza
image from family documentary session of girl eating a smore

Lake Burton, Georgia, Family Documentary Photographer


Sharing history, making memories

Image of father assisting son fishing

We spent some time with friends in Lake Burton, Georgia recently. Since it was too cold to swim, we set out exploring the neighboring Moccasin Creek and Hemlock Falls area. I'm always in disbelief when I realize such beauty exists within day trip traveling time from where I live, and then I'm slightly disappointed that we don't spend more time discovering these places. The Hemlock Falls Trail was a little ambitious for a group of young kids, but the hike went on with very little complaints. The kids scavenged for the best walking sticks, used them as swords and shooters, and then discarded them when a better one came along the path. Fishing, bubbles, and waffles with friends and family all helped make this the perfect weekend adventure. The south with its mossy forests, mild winters, and slow living completely has my heart.


Image of girl waving stick in forest
Image of boy and girl play sword fighting with sticks on gravel road in forest
Image of boy in stocking hat in forest
Image of boy running stick through a puddle on a gravel road in a forest
Image of girl with large stick on gravel road in the forest
Image of mossy fallen decaying log in a forest
Image of children resting on a bench in a forest
Image of woman wearing child in a forest
Image of three children running through a meadow
Image of woman carrying child on her back through a forest
Image of father and child on bridge looking down into the water
Image of group of people walking through forest
Girl with stick pretending to shoot something behind her on a path
Father carrying son on his back while daughter walks beside them on a path framed by trees
Mother pointing out something in the forest to her daughter
Image of girl looking at camera
Image of a stream running through the middle of a forest
Image of people standing on edge of waterfall framed by trees
Image of boy smiling
Image from above of son being held in father's lap
Image of girl in bear hat on path in forest
Image of boy sitting on dock fishing
Image of mountains and lake with reflection
Image of man holding fishing pole
Image of girl on deck blowing bubbles in pajamas
Image of boy blowing bubbles on a deck
Image from the inside to two girls outside looking over deck at lake
Image from above of girl sitting on dock fishing
Image from behind of girl sitting on dock fishing
Close up image of girl fishing from behind
Image of girl standing on dock waiting for canoe
Image from above of canoe
Image from above of girl waving at camera before getting on canoe
Image of woman and child on deck over lake
Image ob baby's hand poking out through deck over water
Image of baby looking back on deck with hand over heart