An Evening with the Holcombes and an Intro to Documentary Photography

It's no secret among friends that I'm a photographer. I love shooting and talk about it constantly. My camera practically lives on my hip or in my pocket. But when I tell people I specialized in unposed, documentary-style photography, I'm often met with blank stares, so allow me to explain!

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What is documentary photography?

Documentary photography, or photojournalism, is quite simple, really. It's unposed and undirected. It aims to capture who you are and what you love in a laid back and genuine manner. It tells your family's story. 

Where do sessions take place?

Documentary-style sessions can take place anywhere that holds meaning to your family. Maybe that's your home, a park you frequent, a lake where you fish as a family, a local ice cream shop. Maybe it's even at grandma's house. It aims to document special family routines... even the simple, everyday ones. 

In fact, documentary sessions are typically longer than your average posed session, so there's great flexibility on what location(s) you include.

But, we're so boring! We don't do anything exciting. 

Hey, me too! But that's the beauty of documentary sessions... you really don't need to do anything out of the ordinary. Meet the Holcombe Family! Stephanie invited me over to document an evening with their family. They played outside, ate dinner, and gave the littlest a bath. That's all pretty simple stuff, right? Maybe it's "boring," but maybe it really holds some of the most important memories of your kids' lives. Because 99% of our lives are made up of the "boring" routine. And that's worth remembering. 

Posed sessions are beautiful works of art, but it's important to remember your family doing life, too. Because when you look back on your memories with your kids, I PROMISE you'll yearn to remember how it felt to snuggle your kids and hear them giggle. You'll cherish the little things that only documentary photography can capture. 

Check out the film below to get a feel for what an evening looks like with the Holcombes! 

A Morning at the Skate Park - A Family Film

You guys! My CHEEKS HURT. Shooting and editing this film had me grinning from ear to ear. Meet my sweet friend, Sophia and her awesome, skating family. This weekend, we visited a North Shore skate park and I was wowed by how much FUN her family is. 

Her oldest is only FIVE and he can RIP on his skateboard already! I was so impressed. The moment his helmet strap was buckled, he we off! Be sure you watch their film to see his other "helmet" he wore at the end of the session ;) Find their family film below!

Before you push play, be prepared. This video will make you smile and totally want to be friends with this family. It might even inspire you to get out and grab a skateboard yourself!

Want FUN, relaxed and genuine family photos and a spunky film for your own family? Get in touch! Let's start planning today!

Autumn is Seven.

She is shave ice and Shopkins.  Hula hooping and sidewalk chalk. Braiding and belly laughs. Cart-wheels and hula-hooping. She loves to read, check the mail, and make her own eggs.

She plays hard, is always covered in dirt, bruises, and skinned-knees. She picks out her own clothes and does her own hair. She never stops singing. Her favorites are "Baby" by the Biebs and "Fight Song".

She is smart and brave and kind. I want to remember her voice, her laugh, her room, her writing, and her hobbies.

I spent about a week recording this to be sure we captured everything that's so *Autumn* right now. This is a peek into Autumn's life. 

What did you think of this video? What if I told you that I'll begin offering something similar to clients in September?  What would you most want documented in your family? Comment below and let me know! And then check in and see what my friend Meredith was up to this week!

P.S.
If you already saw this on my Facebook page, my apologies! I had intended it to be posted as week 19 of my Project 52, but got so excited that I shared it a day early!