What is documentary photography and what's there to love?

My husband and I have this thing we do at night. No, no, I promise I’m not going into that kind of talk. After the day is over, when we finally crawl into bed, we both begin to share the funny moments we experienced during the day with our kids. I’ll tell him about how our daughter yelled, “no time to lose!” while putting on her shoes, and he will laugh and mention watching our youngest attempt to raise her eyebrows. One night, after showing him some images I took of our children that day, he laughed and said, “Oh, we are totally pulling this out at her wedding!” THIS is why I love documentary photography.

We can get all dressed up in the trendiest clothes and put on some semi-authentic smiles for a family portrait, and I’ll tell you what, my kids will never care about those pictures. The photographs my kids are going to treasure, the ones they will put on a slideshow for their rehearsal dinner (if that’s still a thing), and show their kids, and laugh about in years to come, are photographs that are taken during real moments of life and play. They will love photographs that capture what their childhood was like and why their family is special. It is a gift that I want to give my children, and it is a gift I would love to give to yours.

I care so much about it, that I don’t just do it on my own. I have had the award-winning, incredibly rad Kathryn of Kathryn Krueger Photography photograph my family, as well as Angela, the light wizard of Angela Doran Photography photograph my family. The images I have taken, and the images I have received from these talented artists, tell a beautiful story of my family and help us remember the things we love the most about who we are.

So next time you need family portraits, consider a documentary session. Do something different. Invest in something meaningful. Have I convinced you?

Here are a few shots that will help me remember. They tell the story of their bond, their character, their habits, their humor, and their personalities.

At home with the Broeks

Anna reached out to me, wanting to do an in-home family session with their new little man, Keppel. Anna and Ted had been living and working overseas when Keppel was born, and they recently moved back to Austin. They built one of those insanely cool homes from a shipping container on the eastside, and it absolutely fits them. But more than a cool place, they have made a home that is welcoming, warm, and full of peace. I had so much fun hanging out with them that weekend and watching them be a family in their own space.

In-home sessions are my favorite. You have a beautiful story to tell, and inviting me into your home allows me to experience more of that story. Children, especially, open up in their own home allowing me to take more naturally authentic photographs with very little effort. Email me if you need more convincing that this might be the session for you! ;)

First Baby Comes Home

I’m so overdue sharing client sessions! We bought a new house and moving a family of six is insane. However, I’m so excited to share this session with you. I love when a couple brings their first baby into their family. The wonder and anticipation of what’s ahead is exhilarating. I hope you love the light and intimacy of these images with their sweet new baby girl.

Lovebird Engagement Session

I typically photograph families and new babies, so getting the opportunity to photograph these friends who were recently engaged was such a gift! These two lovebirds are beginning their own family, and I loved capturing its beginning. I expected it to be so different than a family session, but let’s face it, everyone understands the language of play. It looked a little different (with a lot more PDA), but I engaged them in play and connection just like I do with parents and children. Hope you love these sweet, romantic shots of the gorgeous Emily and her man Jacob.