Live

Watch CBSN Live

Lifestyle photographer, Danielle Guenther, takes pictures of families' chaos

It's the moments that some parents might wish to hide that Danielle Guenther is transforming into funny, lasting memories
It's the moments that some parents might wish... 03:58

Danielle Guenther is a stay-at-home mom who decided to turn her photography hobby into a business two years ago. As a lifestyle photographer, she takes beautiful pictures of families. But it's the moments some parents might wish to hide that Guenther is now transforming into funny, lasting memories, reports CBS News correspondent Elaine Quijano.

During laundry day in the Loria household, Guenther captured the chaos with 4-year-old Frankie, 2-year-old Lucie and their mom Caitlin.

For Guenther, the messier the better. Her photos, while somewhat exaggerated, offer an honest snapshot of parenting, from the mad rush out the door, to a less-than-peaceful family dinner, to utter exhaustion.

The collection is called "Best Case Scenario."

"Really, it's just making light of a situation," Guenther said. "You have that moment when the stroller falls over because it's too packed full of things and in that split second your husband checks the score of the game, or a mom has to take her three kids to a grocery store, you're thinking, 'Oh this is gonna be great, everyone's going to behave,' and then just absolute mayhem."

Guenther, herself the mother of a 5-year-old, came up with the idea when a photo session with a client was wrapping up.

"In the end she sort of laid down and said she was exhausted and when I looked at that it was just so funny to see her laying down on the couch," Guenther said. "So we both agreed let's do a funny image."

The feedback was positive.

"People loved feeling normal," she said. "They'd say to me, 'Thank you for making me feel normal. Thank you for putting an image out there that's not perfect.'"

In fact, a 2014 survey by Current Lifestyle Marketing found more than 60 percent of mothers ages 18 to 34, feel pressure to create an image of perfect life on social media.

Still, freelance writer Jennifer Wallace, who covers parenting trends, said unlike the days of "Leave it to Beaver" parents now are more willing to accept they can't do it all.

"No one is perfect all the time and I think she's given us permission to sort of show our warts and all," Wallace said. "Her photos are real family photos."

Guenther's client, Caitlin Loria, is excited to add those family photos to her album.

Guenther hopes people will laugh in the moments she captures.

"Just to think back, 'Hey. I know it's crazy right now in this instance, we have a lot going on, but someday you'll go back and you'll miss it and just to have that memory of it,'" Guenther said.

Loria said the photos Guenther takes are unique and they earn a spot on the wall, just like any other.

"I think we'll definitely frame it," she said. "Maybe in the laundry room."

Guenther said her collection is nowhere near finished and that she has plenty of ideas up her sleeve. Among them, traveling with children on an airplane, and another rite of passage for parents -- potty training.

View CBS News In
CBS News App Open
Chrome Safari Continue
Be the first to know
Get browser notifications for breaking news, live events, and exclusive reporting.