There are all these terms professional photographers use to describe their style or way of shooting. So what's what?!
Well the most popular photography sessions are posed Portrait Sessions. The photographer helps you choose the cutest outfits to style the session beautifully. They choose a perfect location at the perfect time of day so the setting is unforgettable. This is so much fun! An evening of making memories! But the issue I and every photographer out there has run into.. Is when your 4 year old who happened to wake up on the wrong side of the bed and has just started picking out her own clothes each morning, wails the entire way to the session because she wants those purple leopard leggings and the red mickey mouse shirt and is repulsed by the new outfit you bought her specifically for the session.
This is already so much fun like we agreed, right?!
You arrive with a 4 year old with splotchy red eyes and face. Time to pose and hold your smile and gaze into the camera! The older sister starts making sassy comments about how muggy it is and she's "melting". Little 1 year old is eating sand.
Lets be honest.. The photograph you all agree you love most from the session is when the photographer suggest a tickle fight. Everyone is laughing and loving that moment. Because it's most likely a moment they have lived many times with Mom and Dad. It's true emotion that they feel for this chapter in life they are in.
I know that Documentary Family Sessions are new to the scene. Its hard to change your view on what a family photo session is and has been for so long! The entire session aimes to get that one perfect photograph to blow up and hang above the fireplace. But imagine a session that is completely filled with moments defining this chapter your littles are in right now.
What are the real and genuine moments you want to have as keepsakes. The photographs your children can look back on and remember summers filled with time at Disney or at the beach which are pastimes they actually loved doing as a family. Not ice cream bribery pain to get the one perfect photograph instead of dozens of perfect ones because they are perfectly unique!
Do not misunderstand me! I LOVE a beautiful portrait session just as much as any other photographer. But for a family who has older children with the understanding and patience :)
But you know what's the best of both worlds? When I'm with you for such a long period of time throughout a day for your Day in the Life Sessions. Your little one that might not have the patience or understanding for what's going on in normal 45 minute session, but after having 3 or 6 hours to get used to me being around (and a few breaks to play with them too!) sometimes we have the moment to go from this...
To this... :)
If you'd like to schedule a session with me, please visit my website and send me an email! I would love to get to know you and your littles!