Most simply, it's real life - beautiful and unscripted.  Documentary family photography celebrates the life, spirit, and connections we make as human beings - as members of families, of communities, and as friends and loved ones.  Each session honors family life and your family's story.  Everyone has a story to tell.  One that is unique and meaningful - to us and, especially to, our children and, someday, theirs.

Why documentary photography?  At the risk of sounding like a greeting card, every day is special - not just birthdays and holidays.  And not just every day, but the “everyday.”  The little gestures, interactions, and activities that may go unnoticed, but that make up our days.  As the writer and poet, Annie Dillard, said so simply,

“How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.”

It’s these small moments along with the big ones that add up to something profound.  This type of “special” can’t be orchestrated.  It just is.   

I love taking pictures that tell a part of this story.  Little moments, big ones, surrounding details – they all come together to make up the unique fabric of our lives.  Life evolves so quickly and capturing these real, honest moments is a way for us to treasure months and years from now both the joys and sorrows we experience and the love we share.

How I’ll capture your family’s story - no posing or forced smiles required.  A documentary-style session is unscripted.  I simply hang out and get to know your family for a few hours, photographing you in your home or other location that’s special to you.  The session can take place on a normal day where we just go with the flow or a day when you’ve planned a more specific activity that your family enjoys.  I’ll work with you to develop a session that’s unique to your family and captures your personalities and story best.

Session Details

Documentary Photography Session - $775

Session includes:

  • ongoing personal consultation to develop a session that best reflects your family and story
  • a 2-hour documentary session at your home or other location of your choice
  • an online gallery of 65+ hand-edited, high-resolution storytelling images for you to download, share, and print

Documentary Film + Photography - $1100

Session includes:

  • ongoing personal consultation to develop a session that best reflects your family and story
  • a 2-hour documentary session at your home or other location of your choice
  • an online gallery of 20+ hand-edited, high-resolution storytelling images for you to download, share, and print
  • 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

Custom Multi-Session Package - please inquire

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.  

Interested in professionally-designed and superior quality albums, prints, or other products for your home?  As part of all sessions, I will work with you to find the perfect way to preserve and display your images so they're not wasting away on your hard drive. :-)

All sessions are subject to applicable state sales tax.

 
Grandmother and baby watching dog from window by Northern Virginia Family Photographer Nicole Sanchez