Document Living: Who I work with and why
Document Living portraits can be hard to explain to clients what I do and why. “You come over and take photos of us just hanging around our house?” or “So… we go to the park and just play like we do every Sunday morning?” Yes, yes that’s the plan. To me, I think it’s important to document our lives to preserve for the future. For us to look back and reminisce and to share with family. What was our life like ten, twenty, forty years ago? Would you rather look back and see the laughter and tears of a normal day at your home or fake smiles at a random park that holds no meaning to you?
Personally, I want to see the laughter, tears and all the in-betweens at my home.
I am often asked, who exactly do you work with?
I love to work with couples, of all ages, and families. Couples can bring a lot of love to my images. I try to bring out those little looks and gestures couples use to communicate how much they care for each other. Families tend to bring a lot of energy for images, whether it’s children playing quietly or running around like little monsters the energy comes through the photos.
You want your love story to last. Let me tell it.
For couples, a date night, or day, is the perfect time for a document living session. What do you do as a couple? How do you spend your time together? Do you walk the dogs every night at sunset? Maybe you spend every Sunday morning at the little coffee shop around the corner, sipping coffee and sharing the paper. Maybe you make a big dinner every Saturday night. These little rituals and routines are perfect for capturing your life and love at this moment. You don’t need a big, extravagant or fancy night out. Simple, every day you are perfect.
Family sessions work best for families with kids around two and older. I prefer kids to be at least two because they can participate too. They are starting to show their personality, moving around, and investigating their world. I have no upper limit for kids. If you and your 27-year-old kid like to hang out and do art or watch movies/sports we can capture that. If I do a newborn, it would be an in-home session involving mom and dad. We could capture the love of a new child while hanging around the house. I don’t do the swaddled, posed shots. Those really need to be done by a qualified specialty photographer. Tweens and teenagers may be grumpy at a document living session but aren’t those the photos you pull out for their wedding (or other such occasions)? Maybe submit it the yearbook… wink wink.
And yes, dogs totally count as kids to me.
Both couples and family sessions are structured similarly. We start with about 15 minutes of unposed shots. I will give you some directions and away we go! These first 15 minutes are great to help you relax around me and the camera. After the 15 minutes are up we move into your activity or activities of your choice to get action shots. You just do you and I capture all the love, laughter, and life. Once the activity time is up, we will use the last 15 minutes to do some individual unposed portraits. Your gallery will include a mix of the best shots from each section, some group, a few individuals, and, of course, the fun stuff in the middle!
My document living sessions are designed with couples and families in mind. I want to show the emotions, energy, and reality of your life.
Because real life is beautiful and deserves to be showcased and memorialized.
Now that you know who I work with, and why, contact me today to book your session.