WHY IS DOCUMENTARY FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHY AWESOME?

Well for starters, because perfect is boring.  But let’s be honest, real life isn’t meant to be perfect.  Real life is messy and complicated and rarely looks like the picture you imagined in your head.  It definitely doesn’t look like the pretty family portraits you’re so used to seeing all over social media either.

family walking down street black and white

family pulling fighting kids apart in yard

That’s exactly why documentary family sessions are so awesome– there’s no pretending, no matching outfits, no recreating images you saw on Pinterest. Don’t get me wrong, posed family portraits are wonderful and important, but I want to give your family something more than a pretty picture to hang over your mantle. I want to give you something real.

 REAL LIFE ISN’T CAPTURED IN POSED PORTRAITS

little boy going to the bathroom

BUT WHAT IS DOCUMENTARY FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHY?
It is moment driven and unscripted.  It’s about anticipating moments rather than orchestrating them

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siblings fighting with water noodle in pool Seacoast NH family photographer

little girl sitting at hair salon

It’s about capturing the different relationships, personalities, and interactions that weave through your family story

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young naked boy holding up clothes for sisters to approve

 

Father and daughter sitting at table holding hands

short mother hugging tall teenage son from behind

It’s about showing you what your life FEELS like, not what it LOOKS like

little girl running on beach

dad holding newborn baby while mom kisses baby's head

little boy in running out back door to beach

It’s about capturing the reality of your life right now so you never forget the hilarious, unique, and endearing personalities that make your family shine
little boy licking screen window

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little girl wearing a mouse mask aiming a toy gun

little boy falling backwards into a kayak with feet up

It’s about embracing the both the beauty AND the chaos

tiny toes in sand surrounded by spilled food

dad making face at son walking away

mom brushing hair of little girl making a face

teenage girl wearing Nope sweatshirt

IT’S YOUR REAL LIFE, UNFILTERED.  YOU DESERVE TO SEE IT THROUGH MY LENS.

How Does it Work?

It’s really easy- I come to your house (or any other location you decide on) and document the authentic stories that unfold naturally during our time together .  It could be your normal daily routine, or you can plan an activity or an outing.  My job is to observe and document you, without directing or manipulating the scene (since that would make it more about me and less about you).

mom taking cell phone picture of baby on bed

mom standing in kitchen laughing while sons eat at counter

little girl feeding her father with a fork

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Before your session we’ll communicate a lot so you don’t feel like you’re jumping into the unknown when shoot day rolls around.  You’ll also fill out a fun questionnaire to help get you thinkin about some of the details you might want captured.   Pre-session planning is a great opportunity to get your kids involved (and excited).

young girl spoon feeding a dog with a cone on his head

Every session is tailored to fit each family so no two sessions are ever the same.  I can help  as much or as little as you want.  Trust me, by the time your session date rolls around, you’ll be so psyched to not feel the pressure of making sure everything is picture perfect.

happy young girl with arms raised and giants stickers on wall

And since every documentary family session comes with a set of 4×6 prints of all your edited photos, you’ll be able to relive the awesomeness over and over again!

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 LET’S GET REAL TOGETHER!

dog sniffing a newborn baby's face

You do you, I’ll take care of the rest!

Questions?  Want to book a session?  Just want to say hello? Hit the link below to get started!

 

 

 

WHAT CLIENTS ARE SAYING ABOUT DOCUMENTARY FAMILY SESSIONS....

Danielle- Your incredible eye, ethereal use of light, serene use of color, and the passion and talent you have for your craft shows through in everything you do. We truly can’t thank you enough for encapsulating and depicting our life and our memories in such a beautiful and honest way. We will forever treasure and relish all the raw and joyous moments you so poignantly captured for us. Thank you for being funny and sweet and everything else that you don't have to be, but choose to be. We couldn't be happier or more thankful
The Creeden Family | Essex, MA

WHAT CLIENTS ARE SAYING ABOUT DOCUMENTARY FAMILY SESSIONS....

We hired Danielle for a Friday night photo session on Cape Cod for our family of 6, plus our dog. I worked all day that Friday near Boston, and rushed down to the Cape in heavy traffic to make the photo session. Needless to say, I felt frazzled and discombobulated but the photos Danielle took were amazing!!! She made me feel at ease and happy within the first 5 minutes, and my four children were so excited for some Friday night fun because of Danielle's spectacular attitude. The positivity and love was definitely present in all of the photos.
Christy Kirk | Sudbury, MA

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