Documentary Family Photography : A family session where a photographer follows your family happenings without interrupting any moments or altering anything to capture a photo.
For a while now I have photographed families like most other photographers. We pick a date, time and location. I might help with outfit choices. At the session I would pose several different family shots as well as individuals of kids and then if time allowed I would shoot candids. Throughout my career the candids were ALWAYS my favorite. There is this perception of a perfect family picture and it is either everyone smiling at the camera or lately we have the family grouped together but laughing, walking, talking, playing together in a lifestyle type of shot. There is nothing wrong with those pictures, but I just needed something new and more in line with what I liked to shoot.
Enter the Day in the Life session. This is a documentary style of photography where a photographer comes to a family’s home or meets them on vacation and documents their day without interruption from morning until night. It sounds intimidating, but after everyone gets used to the photographer being around the magic happens. Kids start to relax and their personalities shine. We can capture their absolute best and joyous moments down to those timeouts in the corner. You think you don’t want a picture of the bad moments but those memories are just as important as the good. Mom and dad are usually the ones with the phone or camera snapping for social media but with a Day in the Life session you are in those moments as well. No more kids playing at the beach with mommy’s toes in the shot to prove she was there. Now you are there.
At the end of the day, an entire album of pictures is ready for your shelf. Bring it down every year to see how the family dynamic has changed. Book a session every year or every other year to continue documenting the change. Don’t wait until you feel like life is perfect to document it. Think back to your parent’s house where they had physical albums to pick up and flip through. Don’t you love showing those pictures to your kids? Who is to say that we will have Facebook, Instagram, Twitter…etc around in 20 years to show our grandkids. Take pictures that matter, or better yet hire a professional to get all of those important details for you.
A couple of weeks ago I fell in love with this style with my first family. We did a half day session and I showed up just as everyone was waking up. This Saturday morning they cooked breakfast, played with toys, made Easy Bake cookies and played outside. 6 hours went by so quickly and now they have a beautiful morning to remember forever.
Hold on to your hats…..there are a lot of pictures coming. Just think of this in your album and this was only half a day.