FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT DOCUMENTARY FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHY
Okay so these aren't really questions. Here is a list of reasons I commonly hear for why families think this kind of photography will be too time consuming, too revealing, or too impossible to achieve. I am here to SLAY those excuses and clear up why documenting your life, as it is, is easier than you think, and oh so worth it.
REASON #1 - 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 extraordinary. The most ordinary of activities can have the most intimate of moments. Bath and bedtime, a family meal, a walk in the park. Your kids and your relationships with them are unique, quirky, funny, sweet and definitely not boring!
REASON #2 - I ALREADY TAKE PICTURES OF MY KIDS EVERY DAY WITH ME CAMERA / PHONE. I DON'T NEED TO HIRE SOMEONE TO DO IT.
Capturing your family every day is one of the wonders of this technological life, and as an avid documentarian is encourage you to do that. But among all the many picture and videos you take of your family, where are YOU? Do you feature 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 represented in that story, 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? A moment of unselfconscious interaction between your and your kids, caught on camera is a priceless heirloom. I can create an invaluable of archive of these moments for you.
REASON #3 - 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.
REASON #4 - 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.