Do you have a family portrait taken every year? Documentary Family photography is all about capturing the beauty in your ordinary life. Here are 5 reasons to give it a try in 2018.
1. GOING WITH THE FLOW
A traditional portrait session has so many variables that play into its success - from the perfect outfits to the weather, to how well the kids cooperate in your one hour time slot. Your nerves, right?! Day in The Life sessions eliminate all of that because documentary family photography embraces it all. It’s spontaneous, it goes with the flow. It values the pretty just along with the not so pretty. Rain instead of sunshine? Baby puked on his jumper? 5 year old pinched the toddler? No worries. We're all good!
2. MEMORIES IN 3D - FACES, PLACES & RELATIONSHIPS
Documentary photography goes beyond making a family portrait or snapping a picture of a moment - documentary photography tells a story in a single frame, it goes 3D. It’s a story about the people in the picture, their relationships to their surroundings, and most importantly, their relationships to each other. Having a tangible visual depiction of your relationship with your child is something you and they will find truly invaluable as you all grow and change.
3. GETTING PARENTS IN THE PICTURE
For me, this is one of important part of documentary family photography. These photographs are not just for you. These photographs are your family history, and when your children pick up an old album (I hope you’re printing your photos!) in their later years, it’s not just themselves that they want to see - it’s YOU. It's a gift you can give your child, and even your grandchildren, to make sure the photos they have of you are better than a selfie. Give them images of you that spark stories and feelings of connection.
4. CAPTURING YOUR KIDS REAL PERSONALITIES
Yes, your child has a beautiful smile, but you also love the way she scrunches up her nose when you give her a kiss, the way she’s so gentle with the old family dog, how studious she is about building her elaborate lego houses. The ways your children explore the world and express themselves in it goes leagues beyond their adorable grins. Documentary family photography is excellent at capturing the uniqueness of your children.
5. GENUINE SMILES
Those smiles are pretty spectacular though. Unfortunately, it’s rare that to capture children’s deep and joyous smiles when you ask them to do it on command. Just as it’s awkward for an adult, I know so many kids who hate having their picture taken, or paste on a forced grin. With a documentary family session I will never ask the kids (or the grownups) to look at the camera and smile, but I can pretty much guarantee that I’ll capture some of their most genuine moments of glee.