August 16, 2016

DAY IN THE LIFE | The Hersrud Family

The idea of being photographed for a day, or even half a day, can be daunting.  But as the Hersrud family found out, the experience wasn’t as scary as it initially seemed.  Since I spend time getting to know you as I’m taking pictures, it pretty quickly feels like I’m just a friend hanging out for the day.   Don’t take my word for it.  Here is what Sally had to say about her session:

“The thought of having someone follow you around documenting your day seems a little crazy.  I thought our boys would either a) put on the “perfect boy” show or b) put on the “imperfect boy version.  We were shocked when neither happened.  Having Sylvie in our home was so easy that she captured our everyday version.  The good and the bad.  The boys didn’t seem to notice she was there as she floated from space to space documenting our life.  I couldn’t wait to see the images she would capture because she caught as normal a day as we have.

“Parenting three boys is hard and exhausting.  Fun but exhausting.  When the photos came, I thought we would see our family arguing.  I figured more stern looks and frustration and less joy.  Because honestly, it feels like that in the moment.  When the photos and slideshow came, I was amazed.  There were so many photos of us happy, smiling, and playing.  We were being parents.  Wiping tears and making lunch and yes, doing some discipline.  Was every photo a perfect family shot with joy oozing from it?  No, of course not.  That’s not real.  But they were perfect because they captured the ups and downs in this life.  It made me realize that maybe we aren’t that bad of parents after all.  Maybe we are actually pretty good at this job.  And that… that was worth it all.”

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Chrissy : 16:28 August 16, 2016 Reply
This is fantastic, Sylvie! It perfectly addresses the main worry with documentary photography. And your images are stunning!
    sylviegrahanphoto : 00:42 August 18, 2016 Reply
    Thank you, Chrissy! :) I hope you and your crew have finally settled into life in MN!

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