DOCUMENTARY FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHY by DEBORAH BARAK
THE STORY OF YOUR FAMILY'S LIFE IS NOT JUST ABOUT THE BIG EVENTS
It's about the in-between moments, the incongruous ones, the moments of connection. I would love to capture your life story, as it happens, with a documentary photo session. YOUR LIFE - with all its joy, curiosities, exhaustion, bouts of craziness and moments of silence - presented to you in a beautiful set of photographs.
This is not a portrait session. It's raw, real and unposed. This is YOU.
Sound interesting? Keep reading.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHAT IS FAMILY PHOTOJOURNALISM / DOCUMENTARY FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHY?
Family documentary photography is a journalistic take on the family photoshoot. It is completely unposed and undirected. My aim is to capture authentic moments of connection and relationships in your family, as I tell the story of your every day but exceptional life. This type of shoot requires nothing from you other than that you be yourselves, and go about your day as a family. We can shoot anywhere from a couple of hours to a full "Day in the Life", to provide you with a full gallery that tells a genuine story of your family life at this moment in time.
BUT WHY SHOULD I HIRE YOU? I HAVE A CAMERA. I ALREADY TAKE PICTURES OF MY KIDS EVERY DAY.
As you should. Capturing your family every day is one of the wonders of this technological life. But where are you in this story? Photographs are heirlooms, sparkers of memory, stories and feeling. When your kids look back through the images of their childhoods, they shouldn't only see themselves. They should see YOU in the picture, and that picture shouldn't be a selfie. Where is the image of you interacting with your family, actually being a parent? How often is there an unposed picture of your entire family in one frame? Let me create an invaluable collection for memory-sparks for you.
BUT OUR DAILY FAMILY LIFE IS SO ROUTINE AND BORING, THERE'S NOTHING TO SHOOT.
No way! There are a million tiny details that make your lives and relationships unique. The most ordinary of activities can have the most intimate of moments. Bath and bedtime, a family meal, a walk in the park . It doesn't matter what the activity is, as long as you are interacting with each other there is a beautiful story to be captured and told.
I'M WAY TOO BUSY. I DON'T HAVE HOURS TO DEDICATE TO A PHOTO SHOOT.
The beauty of having a documentary shoot is that you don't have to change your plans or find a time when everyone is free. Whatever you're doing, let me tag along. There's no need to get dressed up, clean the house or make sure the kids sit still and smile at the camera.
Is it an afternoon T-ball game for one kid while the other, who refused to get our of his pajamas this morning, runs around the park finding snails? Great! I'll join you. No time to leave the house because you have a zillion loads of laundry to do, your two year old is potty training and your eight year needs help with homework?. Awesome, I'd love to come hang out. You're getting the kids fed and bathed early so you can get ready for a night on the town? Perfect! Going on a family vacation? Hey! I want to come!
A documentary shoot can be planned surrounding a specific activity, or it can slot right in with your daily plans.
MY KIDS WILL NEVER BEHAVE.
Oh I hope they don't! I hope your kids are their wonderful, mischievous, playful, shy and studious, or raucous 100-mile a minute, selves for our session. I'll be doing my very best to capture their personalities . I will never ask them to smile for the camera. And if there are tantrums? When you look back at the photograph of you standing over your child having a meltdown because you wouldn't let her drink from the dog's bowl, you will smile at the memory, marvel at your own strength and composure, laugh at your little girl's scrunched up face. And so will she.