Imagine getting ready for a photo session 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. Imagine 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 walking by these memories covering your walls. Seeing these stories every day. Imagine your kids seeing these images in an album decades from now, showing their children the wonders of their childhood, the sweetness of their relationship with you, the realities of a loving family life. 

That's what a documentary family photography session does. 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. Start planning your custom photography experience today or learn more about my sessions by visiting my FAQs.

Session options

Documentary Photography Session - from $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
  • personalized print consultation for professionally-designed and superior quality custom albums and prints

Documentary Film + Photography - from $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
  • personalized print consultation for professionally-designed and superior quality custom albums and prints

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.  

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.