Documentary photography captures what your life is right now.
This is photography that captures memories as they are happening. There are not many posed images in documentary photography; rather, photographs produced from documentary sessions are truly memories frozen as they happened. It is the production and consumption of meals; it is trips to the grocery store; it is breakfast eaten in pajamas and messy hair; it is close-up detail shots of knick-knacks or souvenirs that are in the scene; it is the tying of shoes; it is bathtime after dinner; it is the making of Christmas cookies, from ingredients through cutting out to decorating; it is the capturing of a weekend tradition; it is the capturing of the way that things are RIGHT NOW.
Documentary photography is unlike photography that you are probably used to.
You might be used to going out and buying coordinating or complementary outfits and planning on meeting your photographer in a park and making sure that everyone’s hair and makeup is perfect. That’s not what documentary photography is. We can go to a park if that is part of your regular day routine. I can photograph you doing your hair and makeup if that is part of your routine.
Most regular photography sessions last a couple of hours, at most. Documentary photography sessions start at a couple of hours. One of the most popular sessions is a Day In the Life Session, and these usually last all day (6 to 10 hours). All aspects of the day are captured - for example: the quiet of the house slowly being filled with awakening occupants, breakfast, walking the dog, morning yoga routines, reading by the window, lunch prep (or purchase), afternoon naps, running through the sprinkler, craft time, dinner, after dinner baths, movie time, and bedtime routines. Just because that’s one of the most popular sessions, doesn’t mean that you have to choose one of those. (I offer shorter Day In the Life sessions, too.)
Documentary photography is perfect for everyone.
There is no mold to fit into when it comes having memories preserved. You do not have children, a house, or pets; you do not have to be partnered; you do not have to be in your 30’s. You can gift a session to someone that is experiencing a time in their life that you know from experience that they will want to remember; for example, a college student who is getting ready to graduate, a couple in the weeks before their child is born, a bride at her bridal shower, a set of grandparents who are away from their children or grandchildren.
I could go on and on about documentary photography. Still have questions? Have something specific in mind? Contact me today!