Meet the Kuhr Grierson family. They chose an adventure session for their family photographs–up to four hours of photographic coverage–that 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.
First, I personally prefer reality. There is absolutely nothing that 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–thus making 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–not the moment. The interaction with the camera isn’t a moment. The photo is staged, and 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.
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 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… link at the top. I look forward to meeting your loved ones!