cat thrasher photography

What is a family documentary?

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With much excitement, I have added a “family documentary” package to my list of photographic services, because families do not exist in a studio! Families exist in a house, in a park, playing in the street, and sitting at a dinner table. The purpose of a family documentary is to literally document how your family exists, together – because that is the greatest advangate that photography allows us: the ability to document how life actually is.

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The conventional definition of “documentary photography” comes with the stipulation that the photographer does not interact with the scene, but instead lets events unfold before them. Such an approach allows the photographer to capture exactly what is happening, in the raw, without posing their subjects or their scene. This method is challenging, but often yields photographs with incredibly genuine displays of humanity.

The family documentary it is one part documentary and one part family. It is both an unpredictable stream of events and a series of well-planned moments. For the family documentary package, I follow your family around for up to 6 hours, documenting your day. It could be a family event, such as the first day of your baby’s life, your 3-year-old’s birthday party, or a family reunion.

In the end, you get a 40 page coffeetable book full of photos from the day of photos, with the option of upgrading to a leather-bound keepsake version. I’ve just gotten a sample book made of my own family’s Christmas events, and it’s amazing:

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So check out the package details and let me know if you’re interested!

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Written by catthrasher

March 12, 2009 at 5:48 pm

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