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Documentary family shoots are the perfect way to capture the little moments between your kids. The way they make each other laugh, or just flat out wind each other up before feeling bad and cuddling them in lieu of an apology. These family photography sessions aren’t about posing, and standing on ceremony. They’re not about having loads of stuff to get through and blazing through a checklist of photos you absolutely must have – they’re about real life.

The little moments that make you laugh.

The things you can’t bear to forget.

The way your daughter wrinkles her nose when she laughs, and the way the baby tries to keep up but is held back by, well, being a baby.

This is what I wanted to capture for this family.

THE SESSION PLAN

Every good shoot has a loose plan. One that’s possible within the time frame we have (an hour, a morning, a whole day?) and takes the ages and needs of the children into account. Basically – if the kids aren’t happy, ain’t nobody happy!

Carrie explained her must-haves to me – a photo of the kids together, a photo of each child with each parent, one of all of them, and some shots of Carrie nursing the baby. Having given up all sorts of delicious food to feed her baby without spiking an allergic reaction, I understood just how special that last photo was.

In order to get the shots she wanted I asked her to put together a list of flexible but fun activities we could do. The theory is that the family would get stuck into playing with each other, the laughter and natural moments would just happen, and I’d take the photos. This is a really simple approach I’ve settled on and honed over time, so that the shoot feels as relaxed and normal as possible.

 

Their reaction?

“We love the pictures! Can’t wait to show them off!”

If you fancy getting some super chilled, fun and unposed family photos then please get in touch. There’s a ton of info about what I do on my family photography page.

I work around Nottingham, Derby and Sheffield, and I love hanging out with families for a whole morning and getting to know you all. I’d love to hear from you!