cloudy with a chance of meatballs | Sarasota documentary photographer {in-home lifestyle sessions}

“The best thing one can do when it’s raining is to let it rain.” – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

The Winterroth family – one of my all time favorite sessions ever was their beach session last summer. But no matter how pristine the white sand beaches are, to me, there is nothing more beautiful than a family’s home. The place where they share meals, read stories and (if you’re like this family) chase chickens! Honestly and truly there is nothing more rewarding for me than capturing the real essence of what makes a family.

So as soon as I walk into Alison’s home I smell the most wonderful tomato sauce simmering on the stove. The little ones are taking an extra long nap – probably because of the dark skies and rain that has been lingering all afternoon. Alison keeps apologizing for the rain and I tell her she is being insane! 😉 She’s a natural light newborn photographer (and such a talented one at that!) so she knows how important light is to a photo session. We talked about rescheduling but finally she just told me, “I trust you.” And it was music to my ears. What an honor to be trusted with a family’s memories, to be given the gift of telling their story, of who they are and what they believe and how they live.

This is the Winterroth family…

Elise is going to be 4 in November. She makes the best faces, has huge brown eyes and loves to give smiles and cuddles when you pay too much attention to her little brother.

Jake just turned 2 and he is super easy going (except for a minor tantrum over some milk!). He happily takes orders from Elise, loves mommy cuddles and chasing chickens (who doesn’t?!)

Brad is the nicest guy and I could tell right away – a wonderful husband and father. He’s the type of dad that doesn’t mind playing “room on the broom” a billion times and when the gluten free spaghetti noodles get overcooked because we’re all too busy taking pictures, he tells his wife “Don’t worry! I’ll eat them!” And then he does with a smile on his face.

Alison is super mom. She has this amazing ability of making each of her children feel like they are the most important thing in the world. With chaos all around her she she seems to manage it all without even breaking a sweat. She makes it look easy – and we all know, it’s not. She’s the type of person who tells you she has 11 chickens that the children have raised from baby chicks only after you happen to notice them running through her yard. Like it’s no big deal. Like all parents provide that sort of enrichment to their children. Like it’s absolutely no trouble at all. (Isla has a battery operated chicken from two Easters ago and seriously that thing is almost too much trouble for me and it doesn’t even require food.)

(Abby the dog is pretty great too!)

So pull up a chair, grab your coffee and enjoy a little glimpse into a small part of their day…

it’s filled with post nap cuddles, coloring fairies, bed bouncing, spaghetti dinner and of course the chicken chasing I promised!

Alison, it was such a pleasure documenting your beautiful family (and sharing your birthday with you)! I hope this becomes our annual tradition! <3

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I love photographing families at home – see more examples in my Featured Sessions section of the website!

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  • Allyson Hamilton - I love your work. These are so beautiful for so many reasons! I am sure this family is thrilled with these and will treasure them always.ReplyCancel

  • Alison Winterroth - Ahhhhh, you are so good with expression, both in words and images. I cannot tell you how much these mean to me. Thank you so, so much! These are priceless. ReplyCancel

  • Catherine McAteer - These are awesome!!ReplyCancel

  • Miriam Jordan Brown - Beautiful, amazing. I love this precious famiy. (Nephew, niece, great nephew, great niece)ReplyCancel

  • Erika Dyer Ray - Nice work!ReplyCancel

  • Bridget Eldridge - So good!ReplyCancel

  • Lauren Kamenitz - These are stunning! What a beautiful day and family!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Amy Kolodziej - This is such an awesome session! I love love love your use of light and how you’ve really shown their love!ReplyCancel

  • Christal Houghtelling Photography - Such sweet moments!ReplyCancel

  • Sarah Clayton - What a wonderful, authentic session. Love your use of light!ReplyCancel

  • Lisa (Tout Petit Pixel) - Oh Jessica this is so swet, real and tender… love!!ReplyCancel

  • KatieW - You are amazing at capturing such real moments in such gorgeous light Jessica!ReplyCancel