Documentary Family Photography and Real Life Family Films

It's not about what your family life looks like, it's about what it feels like.

We all know how fragile life is. Let’s stop wasting time waiting for the perfect moment and appreciate what we have now.

Document life as it is. Take photos of everything your family does. You’ll never know how precious these moments will be in years to come.

Why Documentary Family Photography?

A lot can happen in a day, especially with kids at home.

Your life is busy and chaotic. Your kids are bouncing off the walls, your house is a mess and only your morning coffee is what keeps you sane right now. But then you realise how quickly time goes by, how fast your children are growing up. Can we hold on to them being little for just another moment, please?

These beautiful, curious children of yours are sprouting like wildflowers in summer and you are too close to even see it happening.

To freeze moments, we take photos. But when was the last time you had a photo of your crazy bunch taken? One that shows the uniqueness and connection between all of you. One that has YOU in it as well. Selfies don’t count by the way!

It’s been a while, hasn’t it?

I hear you, family photo sessions can be cringey and uncomfortable. You don’t like to dress up and smile on demand for a camera. Your kids won’t play along – they’ll probably do what they want anyway.

What if I told you that family sessions don’t have to be like that?

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What are Family Films?

A family film is like a photograph coming to life. It’s a family portrait. It captures the essence of a family or a person and translates it into a tangible memory. In my films, I add movements and sound which makes a memory so much more real.

Imagine you could bottle up the way your child mispronounces a certain word. The way it feels to prepare breakfast together. The mess too. Anything that seems to be a routine and ordinary in your life now will feel special a few years down the line. These moments are a keepsake you will be able to relive it in a month or 20 years through my films.

If you don’t like being posed and feeling forced to smile for the camera, you will love my documentary approach during my sessions. Your kids will never be asked to smile for me or moved into better light for the sake of a photo. My films, just like my photos, are all about the connections within your family. The main goal is for you to forget that I’m even there and just spend your day the way you usually would.

During your session, I’ll be something between a fly on the wall observing your family’s dynamic but also right in there with you to capture everything I see.

The power of video

The impact video has on people, is universal. Imagine you could bottle up the way your child mispronounces a certain word. A capture of how you make breakfast together. Getting ready for bedtime. Anything that seems to be a routine in your life will feel special a few years down the line. You’ll remember your first home together. Or the afternoon coffee at your nan’s. All of that and more is a keepsake I can document for you – to relive it in a month or 20 years.

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Client Love Letters

"This film is so much more than I ever expected. You’ve given us such lovely gifts to pass down to our children which I know they will love showing their own children one day."

— Nicci Hudson

What's my style?

My photo and filming sessions are very relaxed – no matter the chaos around me. I won’t pose you, I won’t tell you where to stand or sit, I’ll just follow you around while you and your family do your thing. At home or on a day out. You won’t need to make sure your children are smiling and behaving for the camera.

christmas with the family
documentary family photography France

I capture real life for you because that’s what your children will remember. Most importantly, you can be yourself and just enjoy your time with them, not minding me or my camera. This is completely unscripted, emotive photography.

Where do documentary family photography and film sessions take place?

I’m passionate about capturing my clients in their homes. It’s where you and your kids will probably feel the most comfortable. It also gives me the opportunity to document you in your personal space. In 20 years, you’ll look back at these images and remember all the small details that will have changed in your life.

But documentary family photography doesn’t just work at home. It can include walking the dog, going to the market to buy eggs, picking up the laundry or visiting the playground. Whatever your day would usually look like, will be part of the photos that tell the story of you.

The goal of my documentary photo sessions is to capture who you are as a family and create memories for you and your kids to look back to in years to come.

Pricing

Session fee

I’ll come to you and meet you at home or anywhere outdoors where you like to spend time together. We then just hang out and I will stay as long as it takes for your kids warm up to me and document whatever it is you are doing. In most cases, this will take roughly 2 hours but if we’re having lots of fun and I feel like there’s more to capture for you, I’ll stay longer. Likewise, some sessions might turn out shorter for whatever reason. In the end, it’s not about how long I stay but how many important moments I get to document.

When booking with me, you will be charged a session fee which includes a questionnaire that will tell me more about your family as well as the time I spend with you on the day to photograph or film you. The session fee for a photography and film package also includes a 2-3min film that you will be able to download and share with others.

Once I’ve edited your photos, you will get access to your personal online gallery where you can choose from different packages or a la carte pricing. You only pay for what you want in the end.

 

When booking a photography session, please be aware that I will not record any video unless you booked and paid for a photo and film session.

Photography only

£150

  • 2 hour documentary family photo session
  • choice of digital and print photo products (pricing see below)

Photography and Film

£450

  • 2 hour documentary family photo and film session
  • 2-3min family film to download
  • choice of digital and print photo products (pricing see below)

After-session packages

Within 2 weeks of your session, you will get access to your personal online gallery where you can view all images in the comfort of your own home. You’ll be able to choose between the packages below or purchase individual products and create your own package.

On average, a 2 hour documentary photo session results in 100+ images. When you book a documentary film session, that number will be slightly lower with an aim of 70+ photos. The film itself will already be covered by your session fee. It will be available to view through your gallery and you will receive a separate download link for the high-resolution file.

The Legacy

£1050

  • all photos (70+) as high-res download
  • 40page (20spread) Legacy album 25x25cm (10×10″)

The storyteller

£500

  • 30 photos as high-res download
  • 50page (25spread) Storytelling book 18x18cm (7×7″)

The Short Story

£250

  • 15 photos as high-res download
  • 10 FineArt prints 13x19cm (5×7.5″)

To learn more about my products and individual pricing options (a la carte pricing), please get in touch with me.

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