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What is Documentary Family Photography?

Documentary Family Photography is a way to preserve the memories of day-to-day life so that you don't ever forget how it truly was.  I don't know about you, but my days go really fast.  I have seven children, ranging from 21 years old, all the way down to 2 years old.  I still can't seem to bottle up all the goodness, work, joy, fun and pleasure of family life with kids.  It's exhausting and euphoric at the same time.  How does a person memorize all the little looks and funny things kids do?  How does one memorize the daily work and kisses and bandages and bed time stories?  I don't know about you, but I don't want to forget this very precious, very short lived time in my life.  I don't want my only memories to be packaged in perfect looking portrait sessions with matching clothes and smiling faces.  Sure, Portraits are great (call me if you want to schedule...haha) but some of the photography should be real, gritty, funny, beautiful life, just as it is.  

 

How does it work?

It's very simple.  For a "Day In The Life" session, we start in the morning and you can sleep in!  I come into your home and hang out with you for the day (don't worry, I'm fun.)  You do life as a family and I take pictures of it, no poses or special clothes.  When you've tucked your kids into bed for the night, I go away, but we'll feel like really good friends by that time, I promise.  That's it!  About 3 weeks later, you'll suddenly get an email with all your pictures in it.  You will also get a video set to music like the ones shown on my website.

 

I'm a little nervous about having a stranger here all day, will it be uncomfortable?

 All of my documentary families have told me they were nervous before the shoot and afterwards they realized how easy and comfortable it was.  One lady even said she was worried that her family was too boring.  She was so pleased with the outcome, she put as many pictures as she could on her Christmas Card that year. Mostly, it's the dads that feel uncomfortable, but they soon realize that it's just "life as usual."  As a documentary photographer, I must be very open and not judgmental about anything in your family, I don't expect to be entertained, in fact, I'm very entertained already by your family's unique antics, mannerisms and behaviors.  If you can't pull an all day session, I also provide "Slice of Life" sessions, which are only four hours long.  This is a great alternative and a wonderful warm up to Documentary Photography.  

 

I would love to hear from you!

email me: yanahbrennan@yahoo.com