Hi. I am Meredith. I’ve been known to be sassy, classy and a bit smart-assy. Originally from Las Vegas, but currently live the beautiful city of Alpine, Utah with my husband and four beautiful children. My family lived in Morocco for over two years. Yes, I was safe and yes, it was amazing! I highly recommend going. It was difficult to leave, but amazing to rediscover my native country again with fresh eyes. I am confident my adventures aren't over yet!
I don't believe in perfectionism. I believe that vulnerability is not weakness, but pure courage. It takes courage to allow your self to be seen through documentary photography. Why photograph this way? Because photographing your life matters! It matters because you, your life, and all those who are in it, matter. Family memories have a short shelf life and an expatriation date. In home sessions are exciting and atypical way of showing your everyday moments through what you naturally do. There is no script or expectations. It's just who you are, right now. You might not think that what you currently do day to day is interesting or important, but your life is in the details, details we sometimes miss. Not long from now, maybe even next year or next month, you might just want to remember what is happening now. It might not be a major life event or this might be the hardest part of your history, but that doesn't mean it should be forgotten because it's not positive. Day to day routines can be mundane and perhaps uninteresting, but some of those things are interesting, because we are what we constitantly do.
One of my biggest regrets is not taking a chance when I could have. I could have just taken a few minutes, why, why didn't I? It was October 24, 2010 and I was at my Dad's house. We had brought over our new daughter for him to meet her. She was our third child and despite the five year gap between her and her older sibling, it was naturally hard work to keep such a small person alive. I was tired and distracted managing three children. We stayed and we enjoyed this beautiful newborn. My camera was in my bag and I remember grabbing it, but it stayed in my bag. I even remember thinking after we left, "I forgot to take a picture! Oh, well, next time." On October 25, my dad called me that morning because my husband forgot his phone at his house (this was truly a miracle). He told me he loved me and we said goodbye. Later that day my Dad on his way to hospital with my siblings, died right on his front lawn, his heart had stopped. Just like that, gone! I haven't been more grateful for my husband leaving his phone behind then any other time or else I wouldn't have talked to my Dad, one of my favorite people in the whole world, one last time. There wasn't a second chance to take that photo. It still haunts me that I didn't take a picture. Photographs matter every single time!!
What matters to you? I am often asked when we talk about an upcoming shoot with my clients, "What should we do while your here?" I obnoxiously respond with a question, "What do you want to remember 10, 20, or 30 years from now? This time matters whatever you are doing and it can never be repeated. Moments matter.
If you have read this far, you might have guest that I have experienced some loss in my life. I am the keeper of information and photographs of my family. Paper is great for information, but the photographs hold your attention. You see yourself in the faces looking back at you that you no longer can see right in front of you. I can see my children in these photographs and I can tell them stories of who they were and how they are like them. It's easier for them to feel connected because there are photographs. My maternal grandfather was a photographer and I am so grateful he took hundreds of pictures of his family. My kids only know what I can show and tell them. Photography matters.
I believe you need to get in the frame with your family. Parents and photographers have much in common, we are never in the photos! Like Ever! This is important to those who you have relationships with, so why don't we? Inconvenience or self consciousness? Either one isn't a good excuse. This is the area where I truly give a gift to my clients. I capture them WITH their families and loved ones. When everything said and done and one of your descendants becomes the keeper of your papers and photos, they want to remember you, just the way you are. You matter!
I believe the best is yet to come and in some cases it has already arrived. My goal every time I shoot is to capture something ordinary, but it's actually extraordinary. Reality is fun, beautiful, and authentic and if that is what you want to remember then you are in the right place. Having the best experience matters.
Thank you! I appreciate you taking the time to get to know me better and why what I do is so important to me. I do something special, something that I love and something that I give my all to. Contact me soon how I can show you what matters.
Love & Chocolate,
What is Family Photojournalism?
Messy is perfect. Most of the time our lives are busy and moving at a fast pace that it's difficult to catch the small interactions that make a family. On a day to day basis, not all of us get everything done on our to do lists, and so we learn to live happily with messes.
Perfection is in the details of our relationships. It's often difficult to notice this as we go through out our day, a subtle smile, and simple gesture on your hand from your spouse, an improved wrestling match, or even jumping on the bed. It's all interactions that make up your day and your family.
Parents work hard. The struggle is real! We often wonder through the many tasks of rearing children that those small interactions are actually gestures of appreciation. This are often private moments that happen in our homes and not out in public. These acts of affection are what makes us, us.
Why family photojournalism? It's modern storytelling. It will give you a glimpse what is happening in your family at this time. Think about what you were doing a year ago. Where you in a different house? Did you just have your first child and now she is a toddler? Are you married now? Are you now a single parent? Did you loose a ton of weight? Our family memories have a short shelf life. We constantly go through change and sometimes it's subtle differences that go unnoticed. Have you ever ran into someone you haven't seen in years who knew your children when they were little and can't get over how much they've changed or you've changed? Small things can turn into big things, especially families.
Documenting your story is important, no one else has taken your journey. What we leave behind to our children to connect with us after we're gone is very little. Photographs, journals, and letters are often what are irreplaceable to most of us. They tell the story that we were here. Traditional portraits have a place for most families, but documenting your story is personal and emotional. With in home sessions there is little to no prep. I come to you and document your family in your own environment. Think about it, no getting everyone in the car, no coordinating outfits, no stress and pressure of the perfect pose. You don't even have to shower if you don't want to. Leave the dishes in the sink and the laundry on the couch. Documenting your life, you are going to find the perfectionism is in the mess.
Is there anything wrong with traditional family portraiture? No. Having professional portraiture in your home is beautiful and you'll keep them forever. With in home sessions this is simply another way to photograph your family. It's like looking at the same thing, but from a different angle. This type of photography isn't for everyone and that's okay. In home sessions might be something you wish was offered in the past and this would be a great fit for your family and the exciting possibility to see them in a new way.
There will be a time when all things are said and done that you'll want to remember those days and those days are happening now. I would love to share my talent and passion with your family through the art of photography and protect your family legacy.