Why a documentary-style family photo session?
Photographs have the gift of giving back to us a memory of a moment. And sometimes when we look at the images we can even remember what the air around us felt like, what our emotion was in that second… and the textures and colors are so vivid, it's like the moment is not lost.
And this type of photo session is not just for you. It is for your children - yes, it is fun - they don't have to sit still and they can play and be themselves… But when they are older, they can look back on the images from this type of photography and really see what they were like. They can see what your family connection was like. When I look at the Polaroid and Kodak film prints of my family, I see these expressions that I clearly remember my father making. Contemplation, joy, curiosity… Those are the photos that make me feel close to him again. I can remember him really well when I look at those. I don't remember him holding my hand. But I have pictures of him doing it and so I know that it happened. And I can feel his hand again. It's amazing!
I imagine as adults we all look back at photos of ourselves when we were really little and it helps ground us… We say to ourselves, "I was there." "I was so happy." "Look how well my parents took care of me." "I loved that toy." "I remember that place!" What a gift it is to be able to give this to our children.