Documentary Family Photography is a new and unfamiliar genre.
As a documentary Family Photographer, I am guided by rules of photojournalism. And I think it’s important to introduce some of them to you, so you know what to expect from our photography session.
1. I DO NOT GIVE DIRECTIONS.
I do not pause your life even for a moment to frame a shot. Things in real life happen we can never predict or plan. This is the magic I try to catch.
2. I AM NOT CHANGING ANYTHING IN YOUR ENVIRONMENT.
There is no turning on lights, no moving objects out of my way, no moving you to get a better angle. I will be moving around, looking for a light, composition and a moment.
3. I WILL BE CLOSE TO YOU AND YOUR LOVED ONES.
I have to be close enough with my camera, so you can feel the emotion every time you look at your photos.
4. I DO NOT INTERFERE OR INTRUDE when there is a conflict, discipline or distress. I am documenting a scene by “reading the room.”
5. I DO NOT ADD OR DELETE ANYTHING IN POST-PRODUCTION.
When I’ll be editing your collection of images, I will take the utmost care to present a truthful story of your day. This will be the story “The way we were”, not the way we used to look.
6. THE MORE TIME WE SPEND TOGETHER, the more everyone forgets the camera is there. We will capture your family’s complete story from start to finish.
7. I CARE ABOUT YOUR COMFORT THE MOST.
You should wear what you prefer, no colour coordination, please. You should do what you usually do and most importantly relax and enjoy your family.
8. I PROMISE YOU, YOUR PARTNER WILL BE GENUINELY SURPRISED.
There are no instructions to smile or to wear your Sunday best.
9. EVERY PHOTO SESSION IS UNIQUE.
Because real life is unpredictable.