Family Lifestyle & Documentary “Day in the life” Session Info
Day in the Life
My photography goal is simple : I want to show you how you love others. I don’t want to just show the others whom you love by posing them in a photo with you, but I want to actually show you images where you’re caught in a moment of laughter, of tenderness, of thoughtfulness.
I’ve been introducing my clients to two genres that allow me to do this effectively.
I’d thought I’d share you some specific details about lifestyle and documentary family photography.
Sessions are based around activities that would be part of your ideal morning or afternoon, but might not have otherwise happened that day.
The aim is to engage family members so that they interact with one another while not paying attention to the camera. I
tems that appear in images may have been placed there for specific aesthetic value.
Locations tend to be chosen specifically because of light and/or significance to the family.
Perfect for: People looking for outdoor family photos but who want to keep things natural.
How it works : I will ask you to choose your favourite activities.
It’s helpful to have something that you’d like to do that will help you connect with your family (baking, doing a craft project, going on a picnic, reading books – anything that involves being close together or helping one another).
Sessions focus on moment-driven storytelling images.
No posing; no direction; no extra lighting; absolutely no outside influence from the photographer whatsoever.
The photographer follows the family through a normal aspect of their day, i.e grocery shopping, meal time, bed time, etc.
Perfect for: People who want to show their real lives in their real environment. Great for parents who want to preserve how their children are right now.
Okay, here’s the deal… Documentary sessions aren’t meant to be “pretty” or “tidy”. They’re meant to tell stories. They’re meant to be beautiful in what they reveal about the relationships in a family.
I want to show your real life the way you’d like to see it when you look back through photo albums. That means I’m not going to tell you where to sit or how to pose. If your kids stop what they’re doing to look at the camera and smile, I’ll wait them out until they go back to what they were doing. It means not worrying about what you’re wearing or whether your kids are all cleaned up and ready to go. It means not tidying your house to make it look like a magazine-ready home.
The kids have thrown toys all over the floor again? Perfect. Leave them.
Your kids are on the floor feeding crumbs to the dog after supper? Awesome. (AND hilarious.) Don’t call them to sit back at the table if you wouldn’t normally do that.
A tug of war breaks out over a favourite toy (or the TV remote)?
We all KNOW that’s reality.
But also, it means I can capture what life is like when you’re reading the kids their bedtime stories; when your littlest one is potty training; what it’s like trying to get three kids between the ages of six and ten out the door for school in the morning, while your three year-old cries about being left behind. These sessions aren’t about playing “Perfect Families.”
They’re about capturing your miraculous, flawed, loving, chaotic family. That’s your reality. There will come a time when your kids will have grown up or moved on, and you’ll want to look back and see the disaster zone that was your family room floor or the havoc wreaked by a macaroni craft project and laugh about the chaos in your life “back then.”
At the end of the day, nothing is better than real life to show real emotions, and unique personalities.