The Power of Storytelling: Our Everyday Life For Real | Lifestyle Photography McKinney, Texas

Wednesday, July 29, 2015


I'm always telling people about my love for Lifestyle photography and storytelling. Most people just look at me with a blank stare, or text back "what is that?"

A few weeks ago I wrote a post on what lifestyle photography is and why it's important over on my business blog. You can check it out: here

It's one thing to talk about something, but putting it in action is another. 

I have been slowly gathering different "stories" about my family as part of a project I'm working on, and I thought I would share my most recent.



I hate going to the grocery store. Like HATE. It's such a pain, it takes so long. I get overwhelmed. I'm always in a hurry, and end up leaving sweaty and missing half of what I need. I hate it, and will put it off as long as possible.

Well with our pantry empty on Monday, the dreaded grocery trip was upon the family. We hurried up to the store, list in one hand, camera in the other (well in my hands that is). I had decided despite how much I loathe the grocery store, I wanted to do one of my stories about our family shopping, as it's part of the nitty gritty, boring, mundane, annoying, simple, things that we must do in life. It's real life people. 

Things to note: 

1. I did not dress my kids up for these pictures (in fact Caroline picked out her own clothes, dressed herself, and did her hair that day, so she's really....lookin good.), I didn't comb anyone's hair, I didn't bring props, I didn't do anything except go to the store, disheveled and all.

2. Ryan had a conference call about an hour after this trip, so we knew our time was limited. I know I know, why did he come. It just works for us. We usually grocery shop as a family because we can split up and make the trip faster, as well as keep Hudson moving, which is key to keeping him happy.
Point is, we were in a hurry.

3. It's about 1 million degrees in Texas this time of year, so I was hot and sweaty.
Felt like you should know that.

Anyway...without further ado...Our Everyday Life For Real: Grocery Shopping.


We always buy fresh flowers at the store. Hudson likes this part. Lots to see.


He also would very much like to grab and/or eat the flowers as we pass by. I try to make this part quick. 


Caroline is all into the measuring of the food. I tried to explain that I didn't need the potatoes weighed, we were in a hurry, but she simply couldn't resist the fascination.



Hudson was getting hungry by the sight of all the good food, decided to take a bight out of his 
"night night"


I've got a good guy. He waits in the deli line while I shop. Has anyone else every waited 10 years for Boars Head Honey Turkey?? They are so slow. Can I get an Amen?
(PS he's going to kill me for this and all other pictures of him. "But it's real life" I'll tell him)


Reading the grocery list. She LOVES helping with that.


Dance Party down the aisle (this is why it takes forever, and why we go at night instead of Sunday afternoon)



Give Hudson the deli sample, and he's a happy guy. (Check out those rainbow flowers in the background, I'll give you one guess as to who picked those.)


Baby Feet dangling from the cart... never gets old.


"What?! Do I have something on my face??"


Gotta check out the cracker display (again... taking forever)


Don't judge me. This isn't a food blog for a reason... MINUTE rice to the rescue!



If you know my household, you know this is a staple item, and specifically the Campbell's, which can't be bought just anywhere (of course) so we stock up!


An empty aisle to tear down!


So many choices...


Wish I could say the Oreo's were for the kids...nope... Oreo's are my weakness in life!


This pretty much sums up how we all feel by the end of it!



The gang


We love yogurt! Actually dairy in general it appears!


always trying to score a candy at the check out (it didn't happen).


The Oreo's, bringing up the rear.


Hudson was not happy about the total bill amount! Take that Kroger!


In short. This is our real life, and I want to remember every last (even sometimes annoying) detail, because one day this life will be a memory. The only thing that would make these better, is if I wasn't some mythical narrator behind the camera, which is why if you want to be a part of the action... you know who to call!! 

That said, momma, get in there and capture the moments that are creating your life! Yes, people look at you weird when you'r taking pictures of your daughter weighing a potato. And sure there are some annoyed glances when you squat down in the middle of an aisle to capture her eyeing all the cookies, but it's worth it! You don't have to be a pro, you just have to do it!

I want to see all of your family stories. What's your Everyday Life For Real?
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