It’s the curse familiar to every the photographer in every family: You’re the one who cares about photography, who wants to capture these memories to share with your children one day, but you’re never in the photo. You’re missing from all these moments with your children because you’re the one who’s always behind the camera. Or maybe, you’ve noticed this, but as a photographer, you hate that you have to settle for selfies to get in the picture!
As a mom myself, I know the struggle is real. I love documenting our lives with photography, but there are sometimes I wish I could have my cake and eat it, too. I want to put down the camera and get in there and play with my kids and have beautiful photos of those moments, too. I hate feeling pulled between photography and my children. After all, my children are part of what drew me to photography in the first place!
This is one of the reasons I love being a documentary family photographer. I love being able to give the photographer in the family a chance to completely enjoy their time with their family, knowing that they will have some wonderful photos to hang on their walls or an album to browse with their kids with them actually in it!
Family documentary photography is all about capturing you and your family just as you are. It is honest, it is authentic. My main goal (besides getting awesome photos of you and your family) is for you to completely forget that I am there to photograph your family.
Lifestyle photography usually refers to a style of photography that is less posed than traditional portraits. Generally, a lifestyle photographer may photograph your family in your home, but may still pose you or adjust scenes as needed. It depends on the photographer, but generally, lifestyle photography is much more directed than documentary family photography. Documentary family photography is sometimes known as family photojournalism or candid family photos. I am not going to tell you where to stand or try to rearrange your furniture. While I will, of course, be interacting with your family, my goal is to influence your family as little as possible so that I can create the most authentic family photos possible.
I will meet with you beforehand to talk about what you want to get out of your session and particular things you might want me to try and capture. We will also brainstorm some different things for your family to do together the day of your session. (And that could definitely just be hanging out in your backyard!)
The day of the session, you will get to focus on your time with your family while I focus on capturing you together with your family. The kids can wear their favorite, mismatched clothes and you can wear whatever makes you the most comfortable. You won’t have to bribe the kids to smile and look at the camera. And your most camera-shy kiddo may end up being the star of the shoot once no one is trying to force him to be in a photograph.
At the end of the session, you will have a little time capsule of this moment in time with your family. And instead of a posed portrait that no one really enjoyed, you will have memories of spending enjoyable time with your family and getting to be in the photos with your family.