Each session is designed with everything you need to capture this time in your family's life in an honest, beautiful way. We'll jump on the phone and talk about your family story (my favorite part), how to prepare for a documentary-style family session, plans for printing your images, and anything else your heart desires. I'll also send you an awesome guide to help you get into the documentary family photography flow as well.
Family day sessions are great for families who want to include multiple locations and capture more variety and aspects of their daily lives. Some families choose to spend the first half of their session at home then travel to a favorite place together or travel to a family member's house to include a larger part of their family in part of the session.
Once you know what you would like, it's time to find a date that works best for you. Pick out a few dates that work well with your family and get in touch with me so we can compare calendars. Some helpful things to think about when choosing a time:
- With little kids, mornings almost always work best, as they usually have more energy and spunk during the first half of the day. With younger kids, I almost always come early in the morning and capture your early day excitement. As close to sunrise as possible is best for great light, so planning on outside activities during the beginning of the day is helpful for catching the golden sunlight.
- If afternoons work better for your family or you have something planned that you want captured in the afternoon, that works great as well. We can plan for being outside for the second half of afternoon sessions to capture the golden light.
- Consider whether or not you would like to include an event or family outing in your session and what day would work best for this.
- Because spring and fall have the best colors and light, these dates are most popular, so much sure you snag your favorite date early.
- With documentary style family photography, I capture families during rain and shine. Rain makes for emotive, fun, timeless photos and gets you out on an adventure together. I welcome rainy photos with open arms. I understand if you would rather have sunny photos, however, and will work with you to reschedule if need be.
Figuring out what to do with your photos is the best, and probably most important part of your documentary session. Getting your photos out of the black hole of digital land onto your walls and into your hands is the ultimate return for all that you invest into your family session. I'm a huge believer in printing your photos, whether it be through me or someone else. I want you to be able to enjoy them every day. I offer archival, high quality print options and custom designed soft cover and hard linen album options. I will help you find what best fits your print needs as we discuss them in your pre-session consultation call.