“I’m not sure if my kids will be able to ignore the camera. How will you get them to pretend you’re not there?”, is something I often hear when talking to clients about their upcoming documentary style family photo session. The good news? I don’t want you or them to pretend I’m not there or ignore me. There is a common misconception that documentary photography means being a fly on the wall. So discreet that no one notices you are there and they carry on as normal. This is NOT how it works, at least not for me. You might be surprised how much I do interact with everyone throughout the session. Why do I chat so much when I’m trying to capture your family life, undisturbed, as it were? Well, perhaps because I have Irish blood and I love to chat, but more importantly, the more I interact with you, the more you just feel like it’s just me with you and the less you notice the camera. Strange, but true.
I’ll be honest, it can be a bit unsettling the first hour to have a camera clicking away, but you’ll quickly get used to it. Think of it as having a friend over for the morning or afternoon. One of those friends that you don’t have to tidy up for, or make a fancy lunch for. Someone you can just hang out with, while you get on with your day as normal. Only a couple of weeks later, this friend is going to send you a little glimpse of what your family life looks like, that you’ll be able to send to friends and family far away who don’t see you every day, that you’ll be able to hang on the wall to remind you in those challenging times why it is all worth it and how blessed you are. And that you’ll be able to keep in a box or album for your child to discover in 30 years time and the pictures will spark off conversations with you and with their own children about their life when they were little. What a gift to give your children and future grandchildren!
Here is a recent session which took place over around 4 hours one wet May morning in Munich (because that’s the other great thing with this style of family photography – the weather doesn’t matter). And this was mum’s response:
“Wow!! Thank you so much for such amazing shots of our little family. All I want to do is sit and look through them over and over… The light, the colour, the moments you captured absolutely, the *real* expression of our boy, the interaction between the three of us, and the joy of a normal Saturday morning with not much on the agenda except hanging out together. What a skill. You have truly found your vocation, Lia!”
Are you done with the whole posed family pictures? Do you want to have real family pictures just like this of your family life before your kids get too big? First step, fill in this form here and we can get talking to make it happen. I’m now booking for October-November 2016.