I believe family photos should be realistic representations of your everyday life. Your photos should tell a story beyond the traditional family portrait. You want honest representations of who your family is.
I specialize in family photojournalism and visual storytelling. Photos are meant to spark memories and evoke happiness. They are to remind you of the time you played with your kids in a heap of Legos on the floor, not the stress of having them cooperate at a family portrait session.
Ask yourself how do you want your children to remember you? What is the legacy you want to leave behind for them? Is it a hallway of the same photo every year, where everyone is just a little older or a collection of grainy smartphone photos? Your everyday life is beautiful and every moment is worthy of an amazing photograph. So let's make photography that tells your true story that can be passed down as the family heirloom!
What is Family Documentary Photography?
There are many days where I am playing outside with my son and 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!
As a mom, I want the same thing for my family photos. I have never been into traditional 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 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.