Documentary family photos describe who your family is and what you value. We spend a few hours or the whole day doing what you normally do. With my British Columbia family photography, I want you to remember what you did together instead of what I told you to do for the camera.
Meet the Kuhr Grierson family. They chose an adventure session for their family photographs (up to four hours of photography). This gives us plenty of time for the kids to get comfortable with the camera so I can document their lives. My approach to family photography is documentary for two reasons: treasuring reality and savouring memories.
Why documentary family photography?
First, I personally prefer reality. There is absolutely nothing I could stage that is more interesting than what humans naturally do! It’s so much more fascinating to document the real moments, particularly those that might seem unreal when you look at them later. This makes photographs more connectable. When you look at a real moment, you feel the real emotion that was legitimately there.
Second, we are conditioned throughout our lives to stop what we are doing and look at the camera. In our daily lives, in the moments that matter, a camera is not there. So when we look at the camera, we’re making it about the photo and not the moment. The interaction with the camera isn’t a moment. When a photo is staged, the moment is gone. Then when you look at the image, your memory is of having your photo taken, not the midst of making a memory.
Contact me for British Columbia family photography
Developing a relationship with the kids I’m photographing takes time. Thus, the adventure session. It’s a sweet spot between my Day in the Life sessions (up to 14 hours) and my Quick and Sometimes Dirty sessions (up to one hour). Adventure sessions get your family doing what you love, so there’s no pressure on them to worry about me or pleasing anybody. Documentary family photography also works for grandparents’ birthdays, family reunions or weekend get togethers.
Documentary family photography lets your kids be kids. And that’s what I want to remember. If you feel the same way, connect with me via my website. I look forward to meeting your loved ones!