Day In The Life: Hartley Boys

Back at the end of December, I visited with my friend Baylie and got to take some pictures of her lovely boys. You might remember a photo of Noah from Sunday Seven: Week One.The photos have been sitting on my hard drive for weeks, begging to be edited.

This weekend, I finally got around to editing them. Oh my, are they sweet.

 What could be better than a good wrestle by the tree with your mama?

What could be better than a good wrestle by the tree with your mama?

I love this set of images, because they are so very real.

 Laundry, an all too familiar sight for moms everywhere.

Laundry, an all too familiar sight for moms everywhere.

This set of pictures speaks to the beauty and chaos of everyday life with a toddler and an infant. There's no posing, no artificial backgrounds, no outfit changes, no cheesing for the camera. Just real life.

 Ezra is always full of funny faces

Ezra is always full of funny faces

I hope that when Baylie is old and gray and Ezra and Noah are men with families of their own, they’ll look back and see how much love their mother had for them when they were small.
— Kiwiphoto

I might be a bit partial, but I love seeing my dear and beautiful friend at home with her boys. I know that days at home as a stay at home mama are sometimes tough. They can be filled with chores, endless piles of dishes, toddlers that don't nap, and even tears. But I hope that years from now, when the boys head to school and Baylie misses them being little, she'll be glad to have these photos. I hope that her husband Austin will see these pictures, and they will make him love his wife even more. I hope that when Baylie is old and gray and Ezra and Noah are men with families of their own, they'll look back and see how much love their mother had for them when they were small.

 Snuggles with mama

Snuggles with mama

I truly believe that documentary style photos tell a more authentic and meaningful story than posed portraits
— Kiwiphoto

I truly believe that documentary style photos tell a more authentic and meaningful story than posed portraits. Real, imperfect, honest stories are more beautiful to me than overly retouched studio shots. This is why I'm making a shift to full documentary.  I will continue to offer standard sessions for a while, but over the course of 2017 they will be phased out and replaced with documentary sessions. No more studio lights, no more mini sessions, far less editing. Just your family, real and beautiful. I look forward to making this shift back to who I truly am as a photographer, and I hope you will enjoy it. If you have any questions, or want info on how you can book your own documentary style session, email ariel@thekiwiphoto.com

Want a better picture of what a documentary session looks like? Check out the gallery below for some of my favorites from the Hartleys.