Documentary sessions represent a unique possibility to get a very special kind of family portraits which you wouldn’t normally get. Doing a documentary session is a great way to see and appreciate all the little things that constitute your everyday life, and it’s also a chance to fall (even more) in love with the life you live.
Documentary sessions are longer sessions of two or more hours. They are different from lifestyle sessions as they are indeed 100% documentary.
For a documentary session I will come to your home (or we can go somewhere together if you prefer to do an outdoor session) and for two or more hours I will simply document everything you do together as a family without any kind of interference or directing.
I will not tell you what to do, where to look, how to dress or where to stand. I will not move your furniture or turn the lights on or off. The whole point of a documentary session is to photograph whatever happens without directing, manipulating or in any other way interfering with the subjects and the location. It means that I will work with whatever you give me and I promise you it will be amazing.
It’s important to tell that I will photograph all that happens. Both the beautiful and the ugly. If the kids start to fight I will photograph them, if a glass of milk falls off the table, I will be there with my camera. That said if there is something you don’t want me to photograph I will of course fully respect that.
So what should you do during your documentary session? Whatever you like! You can have your session on any day you like. It can be a Saturday morning while preparing and having breakfast, maybe the kids need to do some homework or maybe they just want to play as they normally do.
You can also choose to do one or more specific activities together. Just make sure that it’s something you would also do on a normal day off camera. If you have never baked a cake together then it doesn’t make sense to do it now, just because it will look good in photos. For documentary sessions the most important thing is to keep things real and always be yourself.