5 reasons to book a documentary family session

Documentary family photography is quite recent. Although, outside of Portugal it is more common for families to hire a photographer to document their daily life, here this approach to family photography is still making its first steps.
Because of that, I compiled to you 5 reasons on why a documentary session may be the ideal choice for your family.


1 – There is no posing for the camera (I know how that can such a pain)

mom and kid not posing during a documentary family session

That’s right, in a documentary session there are no posed photographs. You won’t hear me say things like “smile for the camera!” or “hug each other!”, and I will not place you in the perfect “happy family” pose. Instead, I will photograph your day as you live it without interfering in your moments.


2 – The photographs are real

real tender moment between brother and sister

As I spend a whole day with a family, the kids (and grown-ups) are comfortable to be themselves, wether during the playfull moments or during the calmer ones. It is during these everyday moments that their personalities truly arise and it is possible to capture their unique expressions. It is also in the day-to-day life that the most genuine gestures of affection happen.


3 – There’s no need to wait for the best light of day to make the best photographs

mom and baby in low light situation

A “Day in the life” session begins very early in the morning, when the kids are getting up and ends at night, at bedtime. During this time, we will have amazing light as well almost no light at all. The only constant are the people and their moments. And those do not have a schedule.


4 – You don’t need to tidy up your home

family home during a documentary session

One of the concerns that may come up is this one about how messy our homes can be: “my home is such a chaos, the photos won’t be pretty”. With kids, I’m sure that keeping a house neat and clean is almost impossible. I don’t have kids (yet) and that’s already a very challenging thing for me to do, but the good news is that for a documentary session, you mustn’t worry about that. The goal is to photograph your family in your home, as messy as it usually is.


5 – How much you will value the photographs in the future

dad holding his son in the kitchen before heading to work

The result of a documentary family session is a carefull selection of photographs that are focused on the people, their emotions and relationships. In a few years, those photographs will have an invaluable importance, specially for the children. When they grow up, they will love to see how they used to play, how they used to pout; what they loved to eat (or hated); the spaces such as the home they grew up in, their room and the details, or even their favourite restaurant.
And there are emotions associated to all these photographs, such as joy or affection, and it is certain that by looking at them years later, you will feel all of that all over again.

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