Why and how to photograph your own family daily life?

The most ordinary of your family daily life may not sound like something very interesting to photograph. However, I believe that that is when the kids are really themselves. And those moments end up being the ones the you’ll mostly want to remember.

To photograph these little instants is something you can and should do for your own family.

When I photograph families, whether on a documentary or a more typical session, even though the parents are the ones who hired me, my mind is on the kids. It is mainly for them that I photograph, because in the future, I know they’ll be the ones who will appreciate them the most. I know this, because that is exactly what happens to me today, when I look at those old pictures from my childhood.

And my favorite moments to photograph are those most ordinary of the family life, like getting the kids dressed and ready, the meals, or even when kids simply go to the bathroom. I believe that in those situations is when their personality becomes more evident and the result are the photographs that will be most cherished in the future.

For instance, the expressions they make when they don’t like the food and even try to reject it, or when they love it and eat it very enthusiastically; when they go to the toilet and just can’t keep still, they start messing with stuff at their reach, get distracted, and some even fall asleep.

Mãe a tentar dar comida a criança

To photograph these situations the most important thing is to be prepared.

As a photographer that accompanies the family in their everyday life, a big part of my work is preparing and anticipating those quick instants. I observe the kids behaviours, I understand the space, and position myself for the best composition and light, to be ready for when it happens.

Here, the parents, have a huge advantage. You know your kids better than anyone and know when they make those expressions and gestures, you know what triggers them. So, you just need to be alert and shoot at the right time. And if it doesn’t work, you know you can try again later, because those situations keep repeating.

If you’d like to learn more about how to photograph your family daily life, subscribe to my brand new newsletter (and start receiving awesome content!), and get the free mini-ebook with “5 tips to photograph your family daily life”.

Limited availability in 2019

For the best reason in the world, the availability for photo sessions will be limited this year.

I am pregnant and in the next few days we expect the birth of our first baby. As the baby bump grows, so does the anxiety of meeting him. We can’t wait!.

Barriga de gravidez

So, I won’t be scheduling any sessions for a few months. I will reopen the calendar by May/June and for the rest of the year the availability will be very limited.

If you wish to schedule a family photo session in 2019, you should reserve it as soon as possible. To know more about the photo sessions and guarantee your session , you can reach me via email (info@anapratas.com) or by phone (+351 969080297).

I also remind you that you can subscribe to my mailing list (form below) from which you’ll gain access to some exclusive and awesome content about my work and family photography, and will receive all updates first hand. By subscribing you will also get a free mini-ebook with awesome “5 tips to photograph your family daily life”.

Start the new year photographing your family

A brand new newsletter is here and with it I’m offering a (very belated) Christmas present to all subscribers.

I know, it’s been a while since I last posted here. The past year has gone by so fast, it’s hard to believe it’s already 2019. And because Christmas was just a few days ago, I’m offering a very special present!

I love to photograph my family and I bet that you do too. 

So, I put together “5 tips to photograph your own family daily life” which, I hope, inspires and helps you to photograph your family more and better.

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I’m going to love to see you there!

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.