family photography

Introducing Front Porch Families

Hi friends :)

Remember the house you grew up in as a kid?  Or that dorm room you shared with your college roommate?  What about your first apartment? 

I grew up in Suffolk, Virginia.  I lived in a one-story house with ugly brown shutters and a matching front door.  Back then, my parents were still together and I spent summers climbing the big oak tree in the front yard with my sisters.

Years and years have passed since then.  My parents have split and are happily remarried. The old oak tree is long gone.  And the peeling brown door has been painted a nice shade of green in recent years.  Time has passed and life has moved on.  I'm okay with that!   But there's one regret I have about those years.  And it's this:  I wish we'd gotten a photo - just one - of the five of us together on our front porch. 

That house was such a big part of our family.  It wasn't just wood and vinyl and chipped paint.  It was the vault that held my childhood memories.  And the front porch was a big part of that.  It's where I tied my Santa letters to the railing.  It's where we stood with mom and waited for the bus every morning.  It was the entrance to my life in that place, at that time.

Here's the thing: 

Every family has a home.  Every home has a story.  And all these days that swirl together will one day be part of our past.  We'll forget the little details.  That's why we have to capture them now.  Today, while they still seem insignificant.  Because one day it will matter.  One day, you'll look back and say "Remember the house we grew up in?  Remember mom's crazy haircut and dad's worn out boots?  Remember that dog we had?"  And if you're lucky, you'll dig through your old photo albums and pull out a single picture.  That's what Front Porch Families is all about.

Are you still reading?  I hope so.  And I hope you'll be a part of Front Porch Families.  All you have to do is take a single front porch photo.  Print it and write the date on the back and tuck it away.  One day, five or ten or fifty years from now, you'll be glad you did.

By the way, I did eventually get my front porch photo, right after my daughter was born.  I'm so glad we have it now, especially since we moved a few months later!

I can't wait to see YOUR photos, too!  Share them on Instagram along with the story of your family, your home, and your life together.  Make sure to tag @frontporchfamilies for the chance to be featured!

With love,


*Photo by Caroline Basquill-White*

My First Daddy-Daughter Session

Hi everyone!

How is your week going so far?  It's been a long COUPLE weeks around here while my husband, Kris, has been in Korea for military training.  To be honest, we get a little lonely here without him.  To pass the time, I practiced my photography skills while Luna practiced a new skill of her own:  walking!

Kris is finally back so we packed a picnic and drove a mile down the road to Weymouth Center for the day.  While we were there, I wanted to snap a few photos of Kris and Lu.  By the time I was done, I had more than a few ... I had a few HUNDRED!  Whoops!  Thankfully, Kris was a trooper and didn't complain once :)  I really needed the practice!

Some photos were good, some were bad.  Some were blurry, ugh!  But some were JUST. PLAIN. PRICELESS. 

Then there were a few photos that were ALMOST THERE.  Like this next one ... I love almost everything about it except the color looks off to me.  It doesn't have that clear, super-vibrant look that some of the other photos have:

Not sure what I mean?  Take a look at these next two photos.  They were shot almost back-to-back.  But the second picture is so much more vibrant!  Why is that?!  Someone please tell me! 


Here are a couple examples of photos that I really love but aren't crystal clear.  See what I mean?

All in all, I think I kept about 50 out of 250 photos.  That's a 1/5 ratio which sounds pretty low.  But I'm still learning so I'll take it :)  Also, I forgot to mention that I changed my lens today.  Before, I was using a 25 mm lens - today I switched to the 50 mm.  I really enjoyed working with the longer lens!  It meant that I didn't have to stand so close.  I could give Kris and Luna some space to do their own thing while I shot from further back.

Finally, it was time to head home:

Are you planning any upcoming photo shoots?  If so, how are you preparing?  Have you been practicing on the side? I want to hear everything!

Until next time,