Family Documentary | Backyard Session

“Photography is a way of feeling, of touching, of loving. What you have caught on film is captured forever. It remembers little things, long after you have forgotten everything.”
— Aaron Siskind


The little things.

We remember vacations, that we went to a certain playground often, feeling loved and loving when everyone was together doing something fun… But it is easy to forget, and sometimes not even notice the little things - - those subtle in-between moments before and after the big memories we have cataloged in our heart and mind. Through a documentary session, I record the little in-between things.

I often say that this kind of photography grows more valuable as years go on. I truly feel, and know from my own experience, that as much as you love these pictures a month after they’re taken, you will cherish them more fully when your child is taller, they no longer play the same way and the way you connect with each other is different.

So little and yet so much is required to produce authentic imagery. What you wear matters least of all. Letting go of preconceived pictures matters most. It is so simple and yet it can be difficult or even scary, I know. But if you trust me and then engage with your family with childlike freedom, I will give in exchange imagery that means something now and gains even more meaning as time goes on.

Wiffle Ball, Flowers + A Bronco | East End, Long Island

It is seldom that I can produce words for pictures. I am insecure about my ability to express myself through words, I never seem to have the right ones to tell the story of my heart or what I see when I am making pictures for you.

But today, I my heart feels open and so I have a little story to not only show you, but to tell you. 

It begins before the pictures. A couple of years ago, photographer Jennifer Johnson and I began talking through facebook messenger about photography and then about heavier stuff. We found we had a lot in common and had many heartfelt conversations over a year online, before ever meeting in person or hearing each other's voice. 

Jennifer Tippett Photography

One day, she asked me to photograph her family at their home on the east end of Long Island. I was nervous, as I always am, to photograph another photographer's family... but I was excited, too. Knowing so much about what she loves and what she values her put a fire in me to produce pictures that would make visuals for her heart's voice. 

It's a story of absolute passion for her handsome, strong, funny husband. About the joy her two boys bring her... their humor and sensitivity, athleticism and playfulness... These pictures portray dream life and I think in many ways she really has it. 

We began in her light-filled home...

Jennifer Tippett Photography

then moved to her back yard, where her boys play baseball and other games. She also uses her back yard for sessions. What a perfect place! I have location envy! 

playhouse - clubhouse - backyard play - outdoor playspaces
boys photo session - lifestyle
boy photo session - lifestyle - Jennifer Tippett Photography
older boys photo session - Jennifer Tippett Photography
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boys photo shoot | Jennifer Tippett Photography
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brothers portrait | Jennifer Tippett Photography
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family portrait - lifestyle | Jennifer Tippett Photography
family storytelling session | Jennifer Tippett Photography

As the day progressed, we took a ride in the family's 1978 Ford Bronco for a game of wiffle ball at a nearby farm. 

ford bronco - wiffle ball

But first we made a stop. Jen's oldest son had gone out one day on his bike and returned with flowers for his mother. I think any mother would have loved to have seen this story unfold... Jen asked me to photograph it, so that she could have these images always. Does your heart just fill up at the thought of this?!? Mine does... I loved taking these pictures! 

Off to play wiffle ball... These boys are both sweet and pranksters. The ride over was full of silliness. 

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lifestyle family session
family session

I am grateful to my friend and her family for trusting me with photographing them in such a way that requires openness and trust. Their session will be one I remember forever.

I am grateful for every family that welcomes me into their home and into their day, to make into pictures the story of what is meaningful in life. 

Joy + Scarlett | Breastfeeding Portraits

Every year I photograph moms and their babes in my gardens in celebration of World Breastfeeding Week. I offer breastfeeding portrait sessions year round in your home or at a place that is special to you and your baby. 

While breastfeeding is natural, it is not always easy to do. Many women struggle with low supply and babies have difficulty latching for various reasons including discomfort, lip or tongue tie, etc. Joy is part of our local breastfeeding support group. She and our other mothers offer advice and encouragement to help each mom reach their personal breastfeeding goal. 

While breastfeeding is on the rise again, nursing mothers are still met with criticism and judgement regarding many aspects of it including breastfeeding in public. I hope that these images will show the beauty that is a part of feeding our children our own milk. 

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mother + child photo session | Long Island lifestyle photographer
breastfeeding photography
breastfeeding photography
breastfeeding photo session
breastfeeding photo session
long island family photographer | breastfeeding photo session
long island family photographer
long island family photographer | lifestyle photography
long island family photographer
long island family photographer
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long island lifestyle photographer
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long island breastfeeding photographer | breastfeeding photography
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family photographer long island | jennifer tippett
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For more information about World Breastfeeding Week, visit:

http://worldbreastfeedingweek.org/

For breastfeeding support and help, local breastfeeding groups visit La Leche League:

http://www.lalecheleague.org/nb.html

For breastfeeding information visit Kelly Mom:

http://kellymom.com/

Mother & Child Session | In-home Lifestyle | Northport, Long Island

Connection Is Everything 

More and more, families are coming to me to capture their real story, a glimpse at an hour of an ordinary day. They are putting their masks down, they are relaxing their shoulders and connecting both with their children and with me in a way that only lifestyle and documentary-style family photography can capture. I am grateful for this relationship of trust that is being built with my clients and friends. 

Jennifer Tippett Photography | Long Island Family Photographer | Lifestyle Photography
Jennifer Tippett Photography | Long Island Family Photographer | Lifestyle Photography
Jennifer Tippett Photography | Long Island Family Photographer | Lifestyle Photography
Jennifer Tippett Photography | Long Island Family Photographer | Lifestyle Photography
Jennifer Tippett Photography | Long Island Family Photographer | Lifestyle Photography
Jennifer Tippett Photography | Long Island Family Photographer | Lifestyle Photography
Jennifer Tippett Photography | Long Island Family Photographer | Lifestyle Photography
Jennifer Tippett Photography | Long Island Family Photographer | Lifestyle Photography
Jennifer Tippett Photography | Long Island Family Photographer | Lifestyle Photography
Jennifer Tippett Photography | Long Island Family Photographer | Lifestyle Photography
Jennifer Tippett Photography | Long Island Family Photographer | Lifestyle Photography
Jennifer Tippett Photography | Long Island Family Photographer | Lifestyle Photography
Jennifer Tippett Photography | Long Island Family Photographer | Lifestyle Photography
Jennifer Tippett Photography | Long Island Family Photographer | Lifestyle Photography
Jennifer Tippett Photography | Long Island Family Photographer | Lifestyle Photography
Jennifer Tippett Photography | Long Island Family Photographer | Lifestyle Photography
Jennifer Tippett Photography | Long Island Family Photographer | Lifestyle Photography

Thank you S. for inviting me into your home to capture these portraits of you and your family!