Documentary family photography captures the raw and honest beauty of everyday life without any kind of directing, interference or manipulation from the photographer.
Nothing is planned ahead of a session. I will come to your home, and throughout the whole session, I will simply follow you around with my camera. There will be no posing and no telling you what to do, where to stand, how to dress or where to look. All you have to do is be together and most importantly: be yourselves.
I recommend that you do at least a part of your session in your own home, but we can also go outside and shoot on location. It can be the playground, a park or any other place where you normally go all together.
Although I won’t guide you during your session, it doesn’t mean that I will be completely invisible. We can chat, and I will interact with the children, so it’s going to feel natural for them to have me around.
The session is centered on the children and the things they do alone and together with you. If you have young children, there will be no need to arrange specific activities for your session. Ordinary family life will be more than enough.
Teens and tweens on the other hand tend to be a bit more quiet and on their own, so for these sessions I do recommend that you plan a few activities for the whole family to do together.
Documentary sessions provide a unique possibility of getting beautiful photos of emotions, connection and situations, which you wouldn’t normally capture, because you probably see them as ordinary – maybe even boring. But they are not!
Twenty years from now, when your children are all grown up and on their own, these moments are going to be nothing less than extraordinary. Having documentary family photographs will make it possible for you to relive the past – in the future. And that is priceless.
Standard documentary sessions can be booked for 1.5, 3 or 6 hours, but you are welcome to customize your session with extra hours, based on how long you want me to be around.