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

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.


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