So, What Exactly is Documentary Family Photography?


Hi! I’m so glad you asked! :) I specialize in a genre of photography called Documentary Family Photography….now what the heck is that?

Well, it's a style of photography that spoke straight to my heart when I first learned about it.  These are the sort of pictures I have gravitated towards taking ever since I had my first camera, I just didn't know the official name of it.  This genre is all about taking pictures of real life moments and emotions.  These are the pictures that, when you look at them, bring you back to the exact moment in time they were taken.  These types of pictures are so meaningful to me.  I LOVE being able to create them for my family and now for other families!  


In this genre, photographers follow some pretty specific rules.  It is important to us that we are telling a true story and capturing events as they really happened.  To do this, we do not move anything in the environment, change the lighting in any way--no opening or closing blinds, no turning lights on or off-- and no posing or directing anyone.    


What does it feel like to have these types of pictures taken?

To sum it up, relaxing.  You don't need to spend time picking out the ‘perfect’ matching outfits, worry that the kids will misbehave during the photo shoot or hope that there is at least one picture of everyone looking at the camera and smiling. 


When I photograph your family, I come to your home and hang out with you and your family for the day. I interact with you and your kids just like a friend would--talking, playing, eating with you--I just have my camera ready at all times to photograph your day and all of those real moments as they happen.  Anywhere you go during the day, I go with, as a part of your family. 


How do I know if Documentary Family Photography is the right style for my family and I?

  • If you cherish photos that contain real emotion between your family members-- this style is for you.  

  • If you feel like life is passing you by in a blur and want to have a way to remember exactly what your kids were like at their current age and stage,---this style is for you.

  • If you want to bottle up those small yet real and awesome moments between your family members---the kiss your kiddo snuck on your cheek, their tiny arms wrapped around your neck, the way your partner sweetly picks up your baby---this style is for you.

  • If you want to gift your kids with photos that will capture exactly what life is like for your family during this season--this style is for you.


Next week, I’ll be sharing why this style of photography is so near and dear to my heart.  

Thank you so much for being here!! Please go take a peek at my “session details” page to learn more about the type of sessions I offer.  I would love to hear from you!!