What Is Documentary Family Photography?


Simply put, it's real. It's photos that you didn't know you needed. It's the beauty in the every day, ordinary moments. It's authentic and raw. & It's where life happens.

"MY LIFE ISN'T EXCITING"
I hear this all the time! “We are SO boring, our house is a mess, and I wouldn't even know what to do!" I totally get it, but here's the part you're missing. It's about your connection and it's worth so much more than you could imagine!

This is NOT your typical yearly photo shoot.

  • MATCHING OUTFITS? Nope. Be who you are!!
  • POSING IN RANDOM FIELDS? Uh, no. #1 We don't pose. #2 Let's pick a location that means something.
  • DUPLICATING PINTEREST? Not gonna happen. It's time to embrace who you are. So long perfection! Authenticity is IN.

Lifestyle vs. Documentary


Lifestyle is taking your family and putting them in a natural environment to showcase them in their best light. You still choose a wardrobe that is pleasing and complimentary. Typically, the photographer is still directing the session, loosely posing your family, and using interactive prompts to showcase connection and emotion. It often has a more laid back approach than a studio styled session, but still with an "everyone look at the camera" expectation.

Lifestyle vs. Documentary


Documentary sessions are focused on raw emotion, not appearance. Sessions often take place in the home, or a special place for the family. The photographer does not direct or interfere with the subjects, lighting, or clutter. It is common to plan activities for your session, but the moments captured happen organically. The goal for documentary is to tell the story of your life as it is, RIGHT NOW. The end result should be photos that make you "feel" and relive those fleeting moments!

Is Documentary Style For Me?

If you're tired of fighting your family to take photos every year - this may be what you're looking for. If you aren't so concerned with perfection and are looking for real life - this may be what you're looking for. If you are ready for a change and a non-traditional set of family photos...we are DEFINITELY what you are looking for.

We realize our style isn't for everyone and that's okay! There are certainly photographers that can assist you and we'd be happy to refer you to some of our favorites!

REAL LIFE DESERVES A PLACE ON YOUR WALLS, TOO!

REAL LIFE DESERVES A PLACE ON YOUR WALLS, TOO!