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.

Family Photography Pricing

“Day in the Life” PHOTO SESSION

£950

  • up to 8hour documentary photo session in your home
  • 250+ photos as high-res download via an online gallery
  • photos come with a personal printing license but you can also order prints through your gallery

REAL LIFEPHOTO SESSION

£450

  • up to 3hour documentary photo session in your home or a preferred location
  • 80+ photos as high-res download via an online gallery
  • photos come with a personal printing license but you can also order prints through your gallery

DOCUMENTARY PORTRAITS SESSION

£200

  • 1hour session: combination of relaxed family portraits (15mins – if requested) and unposed, documentary photos (45mins)
  • 20 photos as high-res download via an online gallery
  • photos come with a personal printing license

Family Film Pricing

“Day in the Life” PHOTO and film

£1400

  • up to 8hours of documentary photo and video session
  • 4-5min family film
  • 250+ photos as high-res download via online gallery
  • personal printing license for photos with option to order prints through your gallery

Real life Family film

£650

  • up to 3hours documenting your day as a family
  • includes immediate family
  • 3-4min family film
  • 20 photos as high-res download via an online gallery
  • personal printing license and printing option through gallery

Mini Family Film

£300

  • 1hour video session documenting your family
  • 1min mini family film
  • 5 photos as high-res download via your personal online gallery
  • personal printing license for your photos and printing option through gallery

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