Documentary photography takes the idea of poses, scripts, and direction and throws it all out the window. It allows you to enjoy and soak everything in. Think of it as photojournalism that captures the beauty of real life. Documenting your daily routines, way of life, and traditions, as well as major events that you plan for months in advance. It's storytelling at its finest because it's a true account of what occurred. As a photographer (and a person), I've always been drawn to this genre of photography. Emotions, feelings, and humor that are genuine and not requested or forced. The moments that happen naturally have always been the most valid and are what moves me the most.
The truth is, time stands still for no one. The years creep up on us, and there is change. As I've gotten older, I'm often reminded that we are never guaranteed another day with our loved ones. Life is delicate, but it is also worth celebrating, regardless of the occasion. Regret is not a road that anyone wants to go down. That being said, no matter how much we try to acknowledge and hold on to every good memory, some will slip away as time goes by. We only have so much capacity to retain those experiences, while trying to make room for the new ones. That is when we need the power of photography to help us. They can feel insignificant at the time, but I'm hear to tell you that even the most mundane days have their glory and are worth remembering. As Omar Khayyam said, "Be happy for this moment. This moment is your life."
I have two children who are growing up at a pace that feels faster than the speed of light. In the blink of an eye, my babies have all of the sudden become 10 and 7. Needless to say, they are often in front of my camera as I try to take my own advice (though I fully admit that I do miss opportunities). My favorite photos of them are those that aren't directed. Why? Because I find that those best reflect who they are as people and tell their stories of what their lives are truly like. Our family is blessed to have these keepsakes, and my goal as your photographer is to provide that same blessing to your family.
Are you ready to chronicle your story? Are you wanting to create photographs that will capture memories to share with generations to come? Years from now, they'll take you back in time and you can savor what was. Remember, we can document anything you want, no matter how big or how small. If it's important to you, it's worth it. You'll be amazed by just how different your life looks when viewed from another's perspective.