Imagine getting ready to take photos like you would any ordinary day, with no need to disrupt your routine, cajole your kids (or your significant other!) into wearing a special outfit, or stress about whether everyone will smile and follow instructions. 

Imagine a friend (with a camera!) coming over for a couple of hours to hang out, play with your kids, and laugh about the joys and chaos of parenthood. Imagine being able to go with the flow of the day, having a snack or breaking for a nap whenever needed, playing games, reading books, or heading out whenever you feel like it.

Imagine receiving photos that show the love and energy of your family. Quiet, sweet moments you weren't even aware of. Funny ones that highlight the silliness of childhood and family life. Meaningful ones that depict disorder, hard work, and, above all, love in your family's story.

Imagine not worrying about what to do with your photos and having no guilt about letting your investment languish away on your computer’s hard drive, because you’ll be holding a professionally designed album in your hands, watching your children look through it’s pages. You’ll be looking at your photos hanging on your walls, where your family walks by them every day reliving those sweet or goofy moments.

That's what a documentary family photography session with me is all about. It's a no fuss way of capturing the beauty of everyday family life amid all the imperfections and disorder. Childhood passes so quickly. Hit pause and savor this fleeting time by documenting it.  

The most common things I hear after a session are: “That was so fun!” “Time flew by!” or “I can’t believe it was so easy!”

Start planning your custom photography experience today or learn more about how to prepare for a session by visiting my FAQs.

Session options

Documentary Family & Newborn Photography

Each session includes:

  • personalized consultation to plan the perfect session for your family and your story

  • a minimum 2-hour session at your home or other location of your choice

  • an online gallery of storytelling images from which to choose prints, albums, or digital packages

  • professional album design and custom print consultation

  • a gift voucher to be applied towards prints or digital images

Documentary Family & Newborn Film + Photography

Each session includes:

  • personalized consultation to plan the perfect session for your family and your story

  • a minimum 3-hour session at your home or other location of your choice

  • an online gallery of storytelling images from which to choose prints

  • a hand-edited, personal family film carefully curated to individually-licensed music for you to download and watch with your family for years to come

  • personalized professional print consultation

  • a gift voucher to be applied towards mounted prints or other artwork

Custom Multi-Session Package - please inquire for customized options

Life changes so much in a year and picking just one day for photographs that will represent your family's entire year can be daunting. Sometimes one day just isn't enough. Contact me to discuss a custom, multi-session package that takes the pressure off of choosing a single day or activity and instead allows you to capture the essence of your family over time.

This might be documenting your journey to parenthood or the arrival of another child by capturing your pregnancy, newborn, and baby's first year.  Or it may be capturing a multitude of seasonal activities through the year, from a summer day at the pool, to fall apple-picking or leaps into giant leaf piles, to holiday baking traditions or snow days.  

All sessions are subject to applicable state sales tax.

Father making faces at son in car mirror

Nicole Sanchez Photography works with busy families in Northern Virginia, Washington, DC, and Maryland to create stress-free photo sessions that take all the loving, fun, and chaotic moments of family life and make beautiful photos and films that families will love looking at year after year.  Contact me today to start planning a custom photography experience that's perfect for your family and check out the rest of my site to learn more about documentary family photography.