What can I expect at my session: My goal is to capture relaxed and candid images of your family, so my sessions are casual and customized to your family’s personality. I want your family to be as they always are, doing what makes them happy.
When I arrive, I’ll chat with everyone until I feel we’re all warmed up and ready. I might play with the kids and your pets for a few minutes before shooting any photos. I’ll remind you that all you have to do is be yourselves. Follow your regular daily routine, or engage with your family through a pre-planned activity. Doing something together helps you forget about the camera and allows those special moments to shine naturally. Some of the time I may be more of a fly-on-the-wall, and some of the time I may put the camera down and just chat.
Children feed off of their parents’ energy. If you’re happy and enjoying yourself, they will be too. If you’re anxious, they will be too.
Don’t worry about standing still, looking at the camera, or what to do with your hands. Just be yourself and do as you would normally do. Pretend I’m not there.
Clothes: The most important thing is for everyone to be comfortable! Wear what you wear on a normal day. Clothes should also be comfortable and easy to move around in so that your documentary images will look natural and reflect your true personalities.
Posing/Directing by Photographer: I will not do any directing in order to capture authentic, unscripted moments. If your child looks at the camera and pulls a face, I won’t have the self-restraint not to capture that moment as it captures a side of hers/his personality, but I won’t encourage it.
Light: Unlike studio photography, documentary sessions are always different and unique to the family. Your home and you lighting is real and honest and as a photographer, I don’t have the control that I would have in a studio. There’s no use of flash, as flash can be really distracting and will interact with the moment. This means that sometimes, the lighting won’t be perfect and there may be some noise (tiny little speckles) from time-to-time as my camera settings will be crazy high to compensate for the darkness. But, your photos will be honest, unique, and capture the true essence of you and your family. It will be beautiful.
Rain/Snow: For documentary sessions, the weather is not as critical as with lifestyle sessions. Weather is a part of our lives and we make it fun! If inclement weather is severe and limits travel, I will keep in touch with you leading up to our session day and we will reschedule to the next available date that is convenient for you.
After the Session: I take a lot of images during a documentary session. As a result, my turnaround time is a little longer with documentary sessions, at about 5 weeks. However, I always try to beat my estimate timeline. I carefully select and hand edit each image in your gallery so that they look their best. When editing is completed, I will send you a link to an online gallery where you can select your final images.
Album: These sessions often create sequences of images that make sense when shown together. As such, it’s really worth considering an album. My sessions includes digital files because I want to make sure that you have the whole story. I also offer a photobook service and would be happy to create a lasting book of art and story telling for you to cherish and look back on.
How do I book?
I would love to meet you and your pet.
For more information and to book your session, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org