Any time a family trusts me to photograph them, I feel honored. A family’s choice to invite me into their life and to capture the important moments in their shared story is one that makes me remember that my role in their day is not just to get some cute shots to send to friends and family or to share on social media, but to help them freeze this moment in time and to preserve it. When this lovely family asked me to photograph their morning at home celebrating the birthday of their younger son after having photographed him as a tiny newborn a year earlier, I felt the full joy and appreciation of the trust they were placing in me. These Madison documentary family photos chronicle a quiet, yet ever-so-important morning at home as mom, dad, big brother and the birthday boy talked, played, laughed and also ate some mid-morning cake. It was such a wonderful few hours and I feel so pleased to have been able to visit their home one year later after my first visit and to see how much their boys had grown and how life has progressed and blossomed for this foursome. Happy first birthday!

Toddler Environmental Portrait

Mom with sons during documentary family photos

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Family photo session fun in Madison WI

Mom and son during documentary family photo session

Big brother during family photo session

Playing doctor during family photos

Looking up in window light family photos

Family playing together during photo session

Mom with sons during family photos

Playing with dad during family photo session

Reading books during family photo session

Relaxed family photo during documentary photo session

Baby snuggling with mom during family photos

Dad and son during family photos Madison WI

Home details during family photo session

Birthday cake during first birthday photo session

Birthday cake for first birthday during family photos

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Happy birthday cake face

Birthday snuggle with dad during family photos Madison WI

Cleaning hands after eating birthday cake

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