My Family

In my line of work, I get to know families and couples really well.  So I think it’s only fair that I introduce you to my family.

I share my life with Aaron and many people have told me he’s the funniest person they’ve ever met.  He loves to ride his bike and play vinyl.  He is loyal, understanding and a dishwasher loading ninja.

I have two little girls.  One has a smile that will light up a room.  One is fierce but well worth the effort.

We share our lives with Targhee who in an unfortunate turn of events is afraid of her food bowl and our record player.  She’s asked us to please just send back the kids. Unfortunately, she is black and hairy and doesn’t photograph well.


In July 2015, I finally put my money where my mouth was and had my own family’s everyday photographed.   I had been putting it off for months.  I wanted to get all of my husband’s records off the living room floor, buy a new couch and lose that 5 pounds I’d been meaning to lose.

But then my favorite photographer booked a family vacation to Calgary and I was reminded that my kids were growing up too fast.

Although tempted, I didn’t move the records, shower, put on make up, buy or pick out clothes for my kids or plan any activities for us to do that morning. The night before, I tidied like I would for a close friend rather than for my mother in law.

As the session progressed I remember thinking that we weren’t doing anything remotely photograph worthy. Afterward, I thought to myself that I should have hugged my kids more, held Aaron’s hand, patted the dog, and just generally looked like I was having more fun. But really, we were just our normal selves going about a normal Saturday.

A few weeks later, Felicia sent me our slideshow.  As I watched our normal life, routines, tears and laughter flash by, my tears flowed freely. I finally recognized the perfection in the imperfect life that Aaron and I have made together.  I’m not sure how to put a price on that. I have a time capsule of our life right in this moment.  I know that it will be different tomorrow, next month and next year.  My daughter asks to see “our movie” most days and sings along to the music.

It is now one of my most treasured possessions.

Anyhow – enough!  Check out my housecoat!  Then let me show you your life in all its perfect, imperfection.

The Perfect Day – Catherine & Aaron