WHAT TO EXPECT
Prior to our session: I like to communicate via Skype, FaceTime or phone in order to get to know your family a little more. It fills in the big pieces of who your family is and what a typical day is like for you. By the time I am actually there, all the little moments and pieces come together easier. Also....any of that initial awkwardness hopefully goes by the wayside, so that we can all just be our true, inner weirdos for the session.
During the session: You do you and go about your day. I do a lot of things like squats -- so many squats -- and tummy crawls in order to find the best angles to tell the best story possible. Sometimes I'm a fly on the wall, sometimes we chat and sometimes (ok, a lot) I ask "Hey what is that cool thing?" when pointing to a knick-knack on your bookshelf all while I take pictures of the day.
What is documentary family photography?
It's following families around with no posing or guidance -- letting things happen exactly as they are. There is a beauty and purpose to a family portrait, but the aim of documentary family photography is to fill in all the details between.
As a documentary family photographer, I follow a similar code of ethics as a photojournalist. Things that matter to me with all clients:
1. Representing all families as accurately and comprehensively as I can;
2. Treating all families with respect, dignity and without judgement;
3. No posing or subject manipulation, no moving objects within the background and no manipulation of images in post processing beyond basic editing adjustments.
Why does this matter?
It's much easier to connect and come together when we show the whole story -- the good and the bad, the beautiful and the ugly. It helps us to understand that we're not alone, and that there are other people out there who are just like us.