There are many days where I am playing outside with my son and he has an enormous grin on his face. We are both giggling because he’s amused by my silly way of playing soccer. After he scores he comes running up to me with his arms up in the air yelling “gooooaaaaal!” He’s so happy he gives me a great big hug. I tease him saying “you can’t get away from me now.” We continue hugging until he pushes me away and goes back to playing soccer and every time I think to myself, I wish I could have had a picture of that moment.
If you can relate, then you are in the right place. Time and time again I hear busy moms, both working and stay at home, say that they are hardly in the pictures. Mainly, this is because they are the ones taking them. Moms are the ones thinking about photos when they are on a trip or when they have a birthday party. I’m not saying that dads don’t, it’s just the majority I hear about are moms and they are always telling me how much they wish they could be in more photos. So that’s when you, the busy mom, decide to hire a photographer. So you search on Google for a photographer, and literally, there are hundreds in your area. Most of them have amazing photos of families sitting under trees and the leaves falling around them or all of them holding hands walking along a nature path. But none of them express your family’s personalities or the uniqueness of your children. None of them capture the moment I described above and how it felt to be there.
Finally, you stumble across a documentary photographer and you see the photos. They are incredibly funny and thoughtful and wildly different. The families are not perfect and the mom in the photo doesn’t have make-up on, but you realize that no one cares because they are all caught up in the moment. The family in the photo is actually enjoying themselves and not caring about how they look and not caring if their children are “behaving” properly for the photo. They are not Pinterest perfect and that’s ok because they are making memories and not just a photograph. You think to yourself, that’s what I want, and hit the book me button.
As a mom I want the same thing for my family photos. I have never been into traditional portraits or even lifestyle portraits. I find that when someone directs me in what to do I become stiff and I feel unnatural, which resonates in my photos. So I take a truly documentary approach to family photography. I don’t pose, I don’t direct, I don’t even ask you to turn the light on when it’s dark in your home. I simply come to you, wherever that is, hang out and take photos.
Maybe your apprehensive because you don’t want some stranger in your home. I hear this one a lot and it’s a perfectly normal concern and you don’t have to. Documentary photography is not just for in-home sessions. There are many options that still capture those real moments between you and your family. You can go to a park, you can plan a day trip, you can go on a hike, you can go to the beach, you can pretty much do anything that helps your family feel comfortable enough to be themselves around me.
I have been photographing friends’ families and my family for about 10 years. Although the basics are the same, photography is constantly changing and I am learning new things everyday. I have taken over 20 courses in photography from professional photographers. Before I went professional, I worked for Parks and Recreation Departments in Roseville and Folsom. I worked mainly with elementary school kids and teenagers. Working with the Parks and Recreation Departments has taught me how to connect with children, excellent customer service skills and how to effectively operate a business. My goal is to offer you a full service photography experience. I offer a unique approach to taking photos of your family that tells your story and the personalities of each family member. My goal is to not just help you fall in love with your photos, but to also fall in love with your family all over again. I want to help you remember how it felt to be playing with your children when they were two or how proud you were when they first learned to ride a bike. If this is what you are looking for I encourage you to meet with me for a free consultation or check out my pricing.
Want to know more about the differences between lifestyle and documentary click here to read my blog post about it.