The video and pictures below are from my most recent "Day in the Life" session with a beautiful mom and daughter. Christi is the wife to an amazing Chef in San Diego, mother to 2 gorgeous daughters and one of the most sought after full-time restaurant manager in San Diego. This beautiful lady works around the clock and because of her industry doesn't get much time with her little girl Alana. Alana is one of the smartest little kindergartners I know! She is by far also one of the most energetic and loving little girls too. Christi like most working moms and dads struggles with the fact that she isn't able to be with her family as much as she would like.
When Christi isn't putting out flames at work, running an entire restaurant and carpooling daily she is able to finally have a day off ... when she isn't doing regular mom and wife chores, she goes all out for her beautiful little girl. From breakfast together at Cafe Topez in Carlsbad to seeing the box office smash "Cinderella" at the Regal Cinemas Carlsbad 12 theater. She tops of the morning with a little trip to the Disney Store at the Carlsbad mall where her beautiful little girl falls head over heels for a Cinderella dress that was made just for her!
Have you ever thought to yourself "now these are the moments I want captured", but you've been the one stuck behind the camera or worse the iPhone camera! If you've got kids or loved ones that you enjoy interacting with, playing with or sharing stories with then I'm sure you are shaking your head in agreeance.
I find myself going through old pictures of my daughters younger years and realizing I'm not in many of them. Why, well clearly I'm the photographer in the family! But like most moms and dads we tend to be the one taking the photos so we aren't in any of the photos with our kids and other loved ones.
This is why I have fallen in love with Modern Storytelling through photography. I take a journalistic approach while capturing true raw moments that happen in your day to day life.
If you are interested in having a Modern Storytelling Portrait Experience, contact Heather J. Potter Photography.
I am very excited and honored to have been selected to work with Capturing Hopes Photography a non-profit organization that offers photography assistance to families with babies and children in the NICU as well as those living in the Ronald McDonald House of Winston Salem.
Because Capturing Hopes Photography is based on the East Coast, they reached out to me directly when they received a request from a family that is here in the San Diego area. The family has two beautiful little girls who are in the NICU at Kaiser Zion Hospital, San Diego. Because the babies can't leave the hospital just yet, I will be going directly to them in order to help capture their first professional newborn portraits. This is something the family has been wanting and waiting to be able to do since they were born. I feel honored to be able to help such this family.
If you or anyone you know have babies in the NICU or families that are at Ronald McDonald House within the San Diego County area, please let me know. I would like to be able to offer them a portrait session free of charge. I know this time in their life is precious and being able to capture the memories and moments are priceless.
Please pass this blog onto your family and friends as I would like to spread the word, if this becomes bigger than something I can not do alone, I will be reaching out to the community for support to include recruiting other photographers to join in my mission to give back through photography.
*UPDATE: Because I have already began to receive incredible feedback, I have started the process of creating a non-profit organization called "Paying It Forward Photography". As I pull everything together, I will post updates here and on the Paying It Forward Photography website.
I will be reaching out to the community for support to include recruiting other photographers to join in my mission to give back through photography.
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The All American Family
As a photographer I strive daily to continue learning my craft while pushing the creative envelope. I will be starting a personal project of my own called "The All American Family".
I will be looking for those wishing to be a part of this project. Here's the kicker, I would like to work with those who have "Non-Traditional" families. Those wishing to be a part of my personal project will receive a free portrait session.
Why "Non-Traditional" families?
Because I myself came from a non-traditional family. I grew up in a Blended Family. I had 2 moms and a dad. My biological parents were married for a short time, divorced and my father remarried. My biological mother had (2) sons and (1) daughter from a previous marriage before my dad, then had me. When my father remarried, his new wife had (2) sons from her previous marriage. Needless to say, I had a lot of siblings! Try explaining all of them to your friends at school, it wasn't always easy. I tended to draw out a lot of diagrams.
Heather J. Potter