Documentary Family Photography and Real Life Films

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

There’s so much power in capturing normal life – the mundane, the every day, the “unexciting” stuff that makes your life so unique. My aim is to document those moments that seem trivial to you. Because that’s what your kids will remember 20years later. Let’s create memories not just for you, but for them!

My approach to photography and keepsake films is 100% documentary. Because real life isn’t perfect and it can’t be posed. Let’s embrace the chaos instead.

What is Documentary Family Photography?

There are a lot of terms describing this style of photography – candid, photojournalistic or “day in the life”. It all comes down to the same idea: You won’t be directed or posed for any photo, ever. The goal is to document life as it is – messy, real, chaotic, fun…

In-home Family photography session
making pancakes, Family films Sussex Somerset UK
baby boy getting a bath
sisters playing at worthing beach

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.

What are Real Life 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.

Today might not be special but it will come and go and never happen again. Your kids are only that little once. Tomorrow they’ll be just a bit bigger. Routines change, moments turn into memories. Let’s collect them in beautiful photos and videos as a keepsake. For you. For them.

Your experience with me

A family photography and film session with me is like hanging out with a friend who brings her camera.

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.

H and L painting daily life with teens
documentary family photography
dad and daughter on couch, Family films Sussex Somerset UK

During your session, I’ll be something between a fly on the wall observing your family dynamics and being right in there with you, hanging out. If it’s quiet time, I’ll be quiet with you. I don’t interfere but I interact when it feels right.
Also, if your kids are doing something they’re not supposed to do, I’ll 100% be there with my camera, ready to capture it.

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. What you get from me are honest and real documents of your family to help you remember life exactly as it is now.

Let’s create a beautiful collection of genuine memories of your life today. It’s not just for you but for your children too.

Client Love Letters

"I am so thrilled with how you captured the connections between our children, these photos are beautiful."

— Nicci Hudson

If what you just read, resonates with you, then you understand how important it is to celebrate the ordinary in your life.

I’m based in Brighton & Hove and cover the south coast of England, documenting family lives through photography and film. I’m happy to travel further afield as well though so if you don’t live in the south of the UK but are interested in my work, please get in touch.

Session prices

While all of my family photo and film sessions are documentary, I offer a number of different booking options.

Family Photography Sessions start at £200
Family Films start at £950

To get a full pricing overview, please request a brochure below.