1. Goodbye posing hello playing
We have all been there. Whether at J.C. Penny or in a field somewhere, chances are you have fallen victim to posing with your family wearing matching khakis and white shirts plastered with fake smiles. Looking back at those masterfully orchestrated portraits, I've always thought - those photos say absolutely nothing about who my family was during that time. Except that we nailed our 90's hair styles (thanks mom).
In case you need a refresher, say hello to my family's most successful family portrait:
With documentary family photography you:
1. don't have to worry about what you are wearing and whether or not it matches Jimmy's outfit to perfection and
2: You don't have to wrangle your kids together to pose for a photo when everything inside their bodies is telling them no.
All you have to do is be yourself. Nothing more. Nothing less.
2. You are creating a visual diary of your kids filled with moments that are truly them.
The idea of documentary family photography is that the behind the scenes moments are the ones that actually matter. It's the unposed, unorchestrated, this-is-who-we-are moments that carry meaning for years to come as your kids grow up.
The way your son climbed on the counter to get to the highest cabinet for peanut butter, how you all used to play soccer together as a family in your backyard, your morning coffee ritual when all the kids pitched in to make your perfect cup, your nightly dance parties in the living room right after dinner, the time when you and your kids when on a hunt to find the lost neighborhood cat.
These are all moments I've captured and all moments that families are going to hold onto and laugh and cry about years from now.
3. You are going to win kudos, hugs, and thank-you's from your future self
The moments captured of your family are going to become more meaningful as the years go by. I promise you, you will thank your future self for valuing the moments of your family happening now, realizing how fleeting these moments are, and choosing to have them captured and frozen forever.
4. Your photos will make you cry...in the best way
Almost every single family that receives their photos tells me about how much their photos made them cry. Documentary family photography is capturing the heart of your family with patience, great care, and a passion for your unique story.
Your family is completely unique. The moments you create together look nothing like your neighbor's family or your friend's family. Being able to see the trueness of your family in images creates an overwhelming feeling that I can only describe as "Oh my goodness, that's my family. THAT is truly my family. How incredible."
A mother e-mailed me in response to her photos once saying that they made her fall in love with her husband all over again because they captured her family just as they are. That's what documentary family photography is all about.
5. You gain a new awesome friend in the process!
Documentary family photographers aren't just flies on the wall. We hang out with you, interact with you, jump into your family routine, and become a part of your family as we capture your day. It's not a one and done portrait session where you hardly know who just took your photos.
I've had some of the deepest, most beautiful conversations with families as I am photographing them. I've connected with kids over board games, exchanging dance moves, legos, and trampoline tricks. It's an experience that feels more like a friend coming to hang out with your family more than anything.
5.5 You sound cool saying you have a documentary family photographer.
It's like having a personal photojournalist. Who doesn't want a personal photojournalist?
I cannot encourage you enough to book a documentary family session. You'll love it.
Do you live in the Phoenix area?
I'm offering a deal exclusive to Phoenix families!!
I've moved away from my birthplace of North Carolina where I have spent the past 8 years as a photographer. I am planting roots in Arizona and am thrilled to be here.
I'm pumped about building a new community of families and would love for you to be a part of it.
I'M OFFERING $200 OFF MY $850 DOCUMENTARY PLAY DAY SESSIONS TO PHOENIX AREA FAMILIES FOR ALL BOOKINGS MADE BEFORE MARCH 15TH
(ONLY $650 WITH THE OFFER)
PLUS A FREE 8x8 SOFT COVER ALBUM WITH ALL SESSIONS!
I'M CALLING THIS THE KILLER "NEW GIRL IN TOWN" OFFER
**MUST BOOK BEFORE MARCH 15th TO RECEIVE OFFER
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