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I am always excited (and pretty nervous!) before a family photo session. On the one hand I love spending time with all the awesome people I get to meet through the course of my work, but on the other I feel a huge responsibility to get it all right when I photograph a family’s life. I take the trust that a family places in me to help them remember their real life so seriously. I want to really show families just how beautiful and special their “regular” lives are.

And for this session, I felt those two sides of the emotion-coin even more distinctly. We had been planning to do this session for months and had had to reschedule it over and over as the pandemic hit and it became clear that it was here to stay. So when I was finally able to spend a morning photographing these wonderful people, I wanted it all to be exactly right.

I spent a super-fun few hours with them hanging out in their yard, scootering and biking on their street, walking to the park and just laughing and having fun. And I hope that I was able to highlight the importance and beauty in all that felt just normal to them to help them remember why the everyday stuff is actually really important.

Madison Home Family Photos
Little girl plays with a flower in her hair
Front yard garden Madison WI
Dad and daughter gardening
Madison Documentary Family Photographer
Family hanging out in their front yard during family photo session
Cutting flowers in the backyard family photo session
Family cutting flowers in their backyard during family photo session
Little girls riding scooter at home during family photo session
Mom and daughter playing at home family photo session
Mom and daughter playing together during family photo session in Madison
Looking at an aquarium full of turtles in Madison WI
Family walking and having fun during family photo session
Family relaxing in front of their home for family photos
Family fun during family photo session
Ready to Play with bubbles family photos Madison WI
Saying goodbye at the end of a family photo session in Madison WI
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Catherine Hilcove Photography: Family Photography, Madison WI