Kelly Haymes takes family photos, just not the classic group portrait at the beach with matching outfits. Haymes would rather spend the day living life, camera in tow.
“It’s how I’ve always photographed my own family.”
The Haymes family of Riverview lives every day in a photo shoot. The children, Caleb, 10, and Finley, 7, are the muses. Snapshots include playtime with dolls, doctor visits and details of gap-toothed smiles. Haymes sees value in all of it, her photographs a reflection of what she values in her children and what they should value as well, beyond the posed moments when all is shiny and clean.
“It shows we value them no matter what,” she said. “I value things like play and imagination. Those are the pictures on my walls.”
Sharing her family’s intimate moments on social media means having conversations as her children get older. Haymes said she respects their opinions and their limits. If they don’t want a photo shared on the internet, she holds back.
“Photographing anyone is about trust. If you break that trust you’ll never get that opportunity back.”
Family documentary photography is becoming increasingly popular for those who want to document their lives using a photojournalistic approach. Through her professional photography business, Momma Got Soul Photography, Haymes provides clients the same experience as her own family, sometimes tagging along with families on day trips to Disney, or just hanging out at their home.
Her artistic mission is to convince others that there’s beauty in the habitual.
When people look at her work, she hopes the message is clear.
“I want them to know that their normal, everyday lives are beautiful. That what they have is enough. Your life is really cool.”