I have been in love with photography for as long as I can remember. As a young child, I used to go through my great-grandparents' photo albums for hours. I always snagged cameras at family reunions to document what was happening. I have always been drawn to the magic of the family connection and the history documented in family photographs.
That's why when I restructured my photography business last year, I made sure every one of my sessions include TANGIBLE photographs. Having your family photographed annually is great, but these beautiful heirlooms are all too often stuck on computers and phones or on outdated media like discs and thumb drives. They need to be printed!! So it gives me great pleasure to take that hard work out of your hands and include material, tangible, heirloom quality PRINTED photographs in every photo session.
It is also a huge goal of mine to not only photograph families dressed in their best during the gorgeous golden hour sunlight, but also to capture families in their most pure, real, raw state. In the home. I am well aware of the fear this can put into the hearts and minds of mothers. Haha. I see you momma. "My house isn't decorated as beautifully as you see in magazines." "My house isn't clean enough." "My kiddos wreck havoc on our home, we live here!" Well, that's exactly my point. You LIVE there. You do life there. That's why it is so important. It's the very center of your family's life. It's HOME. Home is truly where the heart is. It's where you spend most of you're time together. It's where your kiddos are most comfortable. You grow here. Together. You need photographs in your home.
I took on a personal project at the beginning of 2017. A 365 project. Collect one photo of each day for the year. To help me grow as a photographer, and honestly to help keep myself from the winter blues. I wanted to start the new year inspired. And inspire me it did. I have since pushed pause on that project, but it helped me see the untapped potential of the family couch.
What I started to notice is that the majority of my family images were moments that we were spending together on the couch. This is the center of our down time. It's the center of our home. It's the heart of our home. So I got to thinking, how can I bring this casual, comfortable, beautiful, real-life feel to my in-home family sessions? I figured it out.
The Couch Sessions were born.
I reached out to my Facebook friends to test my idea and received countless model call responses. I was overwhelmed by the response and excited to start sharing my idea. After some emailing back and forth about what to expect and how to plan, I scheduled a darling local family from this group to photograph my first couch session.
I visited the Pratt Family on a beautifully sunny winter Saturday. Late morning. Their little boy greeted me at the back door with MUCH hesitation. He told me he hates pictures. lol. I was anxious, as I usually am at the beginning of a new project. But he didn't phase me. I assured him we would have fun and I knew we would become fast friends.
The Pratt's was perfectly imperfect. A cozy older house with lots of charm. Kimberly assured me it was a work in progress, but to me it felt like home and I was eager to get started. Henry led me from the kitchen, through the dining room, to the living room. Credits from the Goonie's were finishing up on the television. Steve, a musician, greeted me from the couch. Kimberly and Steve claim to spend a lot of time in IKEA, but every inch of their home felt like it had been placed ever so lovingly together through years of collecting. It was exactly like Goldie Locks puts it so perfectly throughout the Three Bears. Just Right. That's where this Couch Session begins.
When it was time for me to go, Henry and Kimberly walked me to the door. Henry was sad. When I asked him what was wrong, he told me that he didn't want me to go. I asked him if taking pictures was as bad as he thought. His reply, "yes." Haha. Regardless, I call this a success!
After I delivered their images, Kimberly send me a text. It couldn't be more perfect.
Thank you again for the wonderful photos. I'm so glad we'll have them to look back on and remember what a day in our life was like when Henry was small. You know, I was worried that our house wasn't clean, or that Steve wouldn't be comfortable, but you really made it easy to relax and enjoy the session (and I'm usually uptight!). Thank you for capturing us just as we are!
I am now booking The Couch Sessions. Don't hesitate to reach out if you have questions!
Thank you Pratt family for inviting me in and allowing me to document your Couch Session. Thank you again for visiting, and I hope to meet you soon! xo, Marcy
Marcy Harris Photos - Ohio Birth & Life Photographer based in Historic Downtown Canal Winchester, Ohio and serving the Greater Columbus Area including Bexley, Dublin, Gahanna, Grandview, Grove City, Groveport, Hilliard, New Albany, Pickerington, Reynoldsburg, Upper Arlington, Westerville, Worthington, and available for travel.