Why should you do a documentary family session?
In this post I give you 5 reasons why.
Documentary family photography is now starting to have some momentum in Portugal. More and more photographers are already offering this kind of service and more families are choosing this approach for their family photos.
But documentary family photography is still unknown to many families and some people may find it a rather odd approach.
So, here are 5 reasons why a documentary photo session might be ideal for your family.
1 – There’s no posing for the camera (I know how that can such a pain)
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 as real as can be
As I spend a whole day with a family, the kids (and grown-ups) are comfortable to be themselves, wether during the playful 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
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
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 have a son and I know what that’s like.
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
The result of a documentary family session is a thoughtful 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.
And here they are, 5 reasons to book a documentary session.
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