A Real Day in the Life of the Carlson’s


This is exactly what I would like all of my family sessions to look more like.  A real, true “day in the life of” shoot.  There was not a single shot posed or contrived.  I simply showed up to the Carlson’s beautiful Lafayette farm and photographed this family doing exactly what they do everyday.  Of course most families would like images of everybody looking at and smiling for the camera.  Even I want some of those of my family. Those are beautiful too, and I can certainly do that and certainly do.  But it’s the honest moments in life that are forgotten if not captured.  The table conversations, the picking of ripe fruit off the apple tree, the children’s art hung in the stairwell, the bedtime stories, the wet dog.  These are the moments that should be preserved.   These are the moments that I’m most passionate about in my work.  Thank you to the Carlson’s for giving me the opportunity to do exactly what is is that I love to do.








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August 30, 2012 at 7:28 PM

This is such a great shoot, babe. Love it!

August 30, 2012 at 9:45 PM

Love them all but am especially blown away by the second one – the kiddo’s bedroom with that amazing light and the ships on the dresser – and then the one of the two kids walking through the grass. so so good.

Lillian Rachel
September 1, 2012 at 11:34 PM

I absolutely love this idea, and these pictures are beautiful and raw and lovely.

September 3, 2012 at 7:14 PM

This is exactly how I’d love to shoot family sessions. Everyone just being themselves. Great stuff.

September 4, 2012 at 8:37 AM

I am in the process of making a website so I was trying to get ideas from others. I ran across your website and I fell in love with it! It is very organized and elegant!
I also love the pictures of the family you took of them praying and reading the Bible. They are very encouraging. Keep up the good work!

Christy Harper
September 6, 2012 at 12:14 AM

Wonderful images, thanks for sharing 🙂

September 18, 2012 at 1:26 PM

This is one of the most beautiful Family Stories I’ve ever seen! It’s simply amazing, unbelievale and beautiful! Respect Julie….

Tim Goff
September 20, 2012 at 4:47 AM

Your ability to capture real moments of time is truly amazing. Love your site.

Darla Brand
September 23, 2012 at 7:16 PM

These are fantastic! You all look so great! The kids are soooo big!! Love to all

jeanie mcdonald carlson
September 23, 2012 at 8:42 PM

Lovely! This is my nephews family. My favorite is of the kids in the creek and I agree with a previous comment of them in the grass as well. My favorite is the family prayer at the dinner table. This is what holds families together.

October 3, 2012 at 2:24 PM

Wow, these are breathtakingly beautiful. Just…wow. 🙂

June 11, 2014 at 10:50 AM

Awesome family prayer shots! Very inspiring!!

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