What is documentary Photography?
Documentary photography is a style of photography where the photographer doesn't provide direction for the photoshoot. The photographer only observes and allows those who are being photographed to engage in movements and actions that are natural. Nothing is staged or pre-planned, every photo that is taken captures moments of life unfolding as they should.
What are the benefits of Documentary Photography?
Documentary photography tells the story of your life as you live it. When people are photographed without any direction as to how they should pose or react, they become comfortable with who they are, naturally. This is a powerful experience because it captures real emotion in the present moment. In life, we don't always remember the present moment or often times overlook it, but with documentary photography you give permanence to things that are otherwise impermanent.
What do i need to prepare for documentary photography?
Just show up and be you in whatever way you feel the most comfortable. Documentary sessions capture the most authentic representation of your life so you don't have to worry about putting a lot of emphasis on what you're wearing or how you feel you should look. The only form of preparing I will ask of you is to have a planned activity. It can be anything from your daily routine like grocery shopping, baking cookies, walking in the park, playing with your kids in the backyard, or cuddling up at home with a cup of coffee.
What Should I expect During a Documentary Session?
Prior to your documentary session, we will plan the location and time of the photoshoot. During your photo session, I will be taking photos of you but will not provide any direction as to what to do. The idea of documentary photography is to pretend the camera isn't even there and to go about how you would do things naturally. Depending on the nature of the photoshoot, I may ask you questions about a story you want to share or an experience you've had, to provide guidance and comfort during your photoshoot.