"We do not remember days, we remember moments." - Cesare Pavese

What is documentary-style photography?  A documentary-style session is unscripted.  I photograph what happens, focusing on moments and details that tell the story of who you are as you are.  I want to capture you and your family in an authentic, undirected way.  I won’t make any requests for you to “smile” or “look this way.” I rely primarily on natural light and do not use a flash.

Who is this type of session for?  Anyone who wants to preserve a part of their story.  From couples and immediate family to extended family and friends – anyone who is an important part of your life is a welcome part of the session.  

But what if my family is boring? Or my house is a mess?  Why would you want to take pictures of us doing normal, everyday things?  I’m glad you asked!  It’s because life happens in the little moments.  Those everyday activities are the ones that make up our lives and give it meaning.  Sure, getting dressed up and having portraits made while we’re looking our best is great!  But that’s not the goal for this session.  The goal here is to tell a part of your real story.  Who you are.  What’s important to you and your family.  Your connections and influence on the people around you.  In that way, the everyday is never boring.  It is who we are.  Messy house included. :-)  

What can we expect at our session?  Every session is a little different, but generally, my goal is to be as unobtrusive as possible.  While I won’t exactly be a “fly on the wall” (because I want to get to know you too!), I generally won’t give any directions.  I just follow your lead and take pictures along the way.  After about half an hour, the camera becomes less noticeable and more natural.  If you’re feeling chatty, I may ask questions (I love hearing stories!) and if you’re not, that’s okay too!  The session is about you and is unique to you.  

What happens before/after our session?  We’ll work together beforehand via email or phone to plan your session and discuss any concerns or requests.  Within 2 weeks of your session, you’ll receive a link to download your images and slideshow.    

Little girl pretending to be flying superhero on the floor by Northern Virginia Family Photographer