Have you ever heard of Documentary Photography?

documentary lifestyle home shoot in west yorkshire a mum and her girls read a book together

How many genuine photos do you have of you and your partner?

How many photos do you have of you and your kids?

Maybe a few from a studio session you had when they were a baby?
Some from cousin Harry’s wedding two years ago?
Maybe one from Timmy’s christening?

Everything else is likely to be a selfie, with maybe a snap chat filter thrown in for good measure!

So, what about all those other times in-between?

When you went to the beach last summer, you got loads of Sarah and Joe playing in the sea and building sandcastles and maybe a few seagulls too; but not one of you all chasing the waves together.

Last week at Nan’s the kids made cupcakes. Nanny said they had got batter everywhere and they looked so funny with flour in their hair, but you didn’t get to see because no one thought to take a photo.

Yesterday playing with the train set or building blocks, you guys were having such a great time; but the moment passed without record.

Sound familiar?

documentary photography by Sophie Ransome lifestyle home shoot in west yorkshire young familyWell, that is where documentary photographers come in!

Like studio sessions, you will not use us every day but unlike studio sessions, we capture an essence of your every day! No awkward poses and cheesy smiles here!

We come to you in your home and can be with you for a few hours or even a whole day; we will capture it all!

Whether it’s an all-day session, capturing everything right from waking up and breakfast in the morning, through to bathtime, stories and bedtime at night. Maybe it’s just a little session after lunch taking photos of you all playing at home or maybe an afternoon walking the dogs around your favourite spot.

We get to freeze all those little moments that mean the world to you. Capturing real feelings and real connections; the giggles, the cuddles and even a tantrum or two!

Anything that shows you – the REAL you. It’s the glue that sticks your world together!

Now, I know what you’re thinking; “I can do that myself… For free!”

YES. Yes, you can!!

Honestly, I would urge you to do so, as often as possible. Get that phone out of your pocket. Dust off the big camera you have in its bag in the cupboard under the stairs. Capture everything!

Even as a photographer, I would still hire another photographer to take photos of my family. This way ALL of us are in the images together! You can read more about my reasons why you should hire a documentary photographer in my next post!

4 thoughts on “Have you ever heard of Documentary Photography?

  1. It is so important to be in the photos! I am always taking photos of my daughter but I started thinking well when she gets older I want her to know that her parents were there too and to be able to see the connection that we had.

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