Not to me - and you'll find that it's not boring to you either. See what Laurie had to say...
"When you were taking pictures, I was thinking, 'we're not even doing anything! Maybe we're not interesting enough... then fast forward to our Reveal appointment 4 weeks later, upon viewing the photos, I was blown away because I realized that my son already doesn't hold me in the morning like that anymore. Just a month ago, it was an everyday thing that I took for granted. Never even thought about it! I'm sad that things have changed, but so incredibly happy to have all of these amazing photographs to help me remember how special each little stage really is. Thank you".
The BEST thing you can do during your session is just BE YOURSELVES. This is where 6+ hour sessions really make a difference, because there's time to relax and time to adjust. The best documentary photographs occur this way.
The closer you stay to your normal routine, the better it will be for you & your kids.
Remember, this is not a typical photo shoot, and you should not be 'on' for hours on end. That would be exhausting!
Rather, you should relax and follow your usual routine.
If you book a short session, however, or if you have older kids (over 10 yrs), then a couple of planned activities can be a good idea.
We can chat about what makes sense for you and your family before you book a session.
Please don't fuss about how tidy your house is. After all, we're not taking real estate photos, we're capturing real family life!
And if that means there's laundry to be folded and dishes in the sink, that's okay.
Rest assured that I am creative with the angles I choose and what I select to be in focus, so that emotions and expressions are front and centre (messy rooms are not the focus).
I encourage you to be present with your kids and your spouse to get the most our of your session. This type of photography is about accepting and even embracing how perfectly imperfect life really is.
Hey, that's part and parcel when it comes to parenthood, isn't it?
Worry not, because, unlike traditional family photo sessions, your child will not be forced or bribed to stand and smile for the camera.
Let them be themselves, and if they throw a tantrum, that can honestly make for some of my favourite photographs. Plus, I'm there for an extended period of time, so it's not a pressure situation.
Just so you know, I am 100% okay with kids being kids and parents handling it as they normally would.
As mentioned previously, it's best to stick with your normal routine (including meal times, etc.), so that there's little to no stress on you or the kids (aside from normal, that is!).
There is NO DIRECTION from me at all.
Documentary-style is based on photojournalism to document authentic moments and I don't wish to disturb the integrity of the moment.
I will interact in terms of chatting with you occasionally.
It's like having a low-pressure friend over for the day.
My clients have told me that they relax within about 15 minutes.
Stressful photo sessions can be a real turn off - and I get that.
This is a huge advantage to the documentary approach because it requires
Here's what some clients have said:
I'm happy to set you up with a payment plan to help offset your costs and get the story that your heart desires.
Documentary family photography is an investment that you will never regret.
Babies and children change and grow right before our eyes. Some of the nuances of daily life change so fast with kids that they're easily forgotten.
Like my nephew, Jer, who wore his Spiderman costume to bed every night when he was 7. It only lasted a couple of months, then it stopped. My sister really wanted to remember that, because it was one of the last 'little kid' things he did, and she regretted not having that period of time documented.
Some childhood nuances are gone forever, and other things (like their facial expressions and posture), strikingly, stay very much the same.
Documentary photographs take you back like nothing else can.
Payments can be made via e-transfer (always appreciated!), credit card, or cheque. Your have the option to pay in full or make a payment arrangement. Session fees must be paid in full prior to the session date.
My business is built on photographs. It's how you found me and how others will find me in the future.
I do share photos online and in print in order to market my services, however, I am mindful of photographs that may be more sensitive and personal in nature.
I am always considerate and respectful of my clients and would never post a graphic photograph without your consent.
Food & water while I'm there with you. Consider me a temporary member of you family.
Everything's best when everyone's fed and sticking to their routines, rather than skipping meals or trying to pack too many activities in.
Just add another plate for me, as you would for any guest in your home.
I'll still have my camera in hand, in case there's a great moment to capture, but with sessions ranging from 3 to 12 hours, I pace myself and will not be constantly shooting. Eating together with you allows me to stay with your family the whole time.
I hope that makes sense! (plus, I'm not a picky eater, if that helps!).