Documentary Family Photography
It's shocking to me that this year is coming to an end. I think photographing other families 2022 has made this year go by even faster than usual for me!
For my November Year in the Life family photo sessions I got to photograph a family's first camping trip at Stone Mountain, then a family's Saturday morning trip to Fernbank museum, and the month ended with lots of Christmas decorating.
As the year wraps up I'm looking forward to putting together my Year in the Life albums for my clients--even though I know it's going to be hard to pick my favorites from our year together. I'm excited for them to have these beautiful family yearbooks to look back on.
My favorite pictures from the time with my clients are the ones that capture the vibe of the family. I know that's really vague, but what I mean is the photos that show personalities and the way a family is together. Sometimes that is a joyful picture, and sometimes it is the tantrum in the middle of the museum. It's real life--universal and completely unique all at once.
You can't stage these amazing moments that I get to see and capture at each one of these sessions. Nothing is better than real life, and that's why documentary family photography is so incredible.
Documentary family photography means nothing posed. It is candid family photography, but candid with intention.
I like to get the occasional posed portrait--and I do think that portraits are important and beautiful pictures to have. But to me the meat of the coconut is the everyday moments of love and connection. The experience and magic of childhood. The details of our lives as families that make us who we are, that lasts for such a brief moment in life.
The days are long but the years are short
The best part of documentary family photography is that nobody has to do anything they don't want to do. Your chaos is beautiful and your family is perfect just as they are in each moment. Whether you plan a special day or I document an hour out of an ordinary day, I try to make beautiful images that show the love, personality and connection you all have.
Enjoy some of my favorite photos from my November Year in the Life photoshoots:
Year in the Life is a year long subscription with an album at the end...sort of like a family yearbook. Mostly documentary photos of family being family, the monthly subscription is offered at three levels: monthly, bi-monthly and seasonally.
I also offer Day in the Life photo sessions any time of the year. I offer these as 3-4 or 6-8 hours long, and you are welcome to include special activities or plan nothing at all. Day in the Life photo sessions include an album to display your photos in and have forever.
Real life is the best, or in other words:
You just can't make this s*** up :)