Documentary Photography and what it means to me | Broward Family Photojournalist

June 18, 2018

“Let the people who love it and that are good at it, do it and me just focus on what I’m good at, what calls me.”

-Kirsten Lewis, family photojournalism class on creative live

I try to live my life authentically, honestly. My current body of work does not reflect this. 

In the last few months I’ve felt restless with my work. I’ve hit a point where I don’t want to take on jobs that don’t fulfill my soul. I know, money is money… but I didn’t choose this career for the money. I have a gift…and a need to take photographs, to document things. If I’ve learned anything in these last few traumatic months, I’ve learned that life is short. So I am trying to live each day as if it’s my last… and I don’t want to do things that don’t serve me or make my heart happy…. 

Getting all dolled up, dragging your partner and children to a park for family “memories” is not real, it’s not authentic. Honestly, I hate posing my clients it is NOT my strong suit. There are PLENTY of awesome photographers who are wonderful at posing, organizing and creating beautiful portraits, and I’m comfortable saying, I am not one of them. 

Over the years I’ve been collecting bits and pieces of what my heart wants to shoot. Little storytelling images within the sessions that spoke to me. This is what I want to provide for my portrait clients. 

I want to document the real stuff. The tantrums, the tears, the laughter, the playing, the dirt, the boogers, the hugs and squeezes, the connection between family members, the emoting. 

THE THINGS THAT MATTER. The things we don’t want to forget, but will. 

Life is hard. Parenting is hard, I see you parents. I want to document it all. To leave you with images you can pass down to your kids and your grandkids. The family stories your grandchildren will tell your great grandchildren. 

Death, loss, grief… it’s all affecting me. I have less patience for the stuff that doesn’t make me happy. Documentary photography makes me happy. Finding my reason, my purpose in my work… that makes me happy. Going through my old raw files and finding portraits of my friends who are now gone… That makes me happy. I wish I had more portraits, more snapshots of their lives.

Let’s document a day in your life. You might not appreciate it now, or even a year from now. One day you will look back at your album and you will remember what those days felt like. 

Book a documentary session. Your future self will thank you.

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In 2019 I’ll be learning under Kirsten Lewis, one of the most famous family documentary photographers for a year long mentorship.

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