Jana has always wanted pictures of her little family’s morning routine. She wanted to capture the way her two year old Greta starts off her and her husband’s morning by calling them from her crib, the way they make Dad’s coffee together and bring it to him in bed, how they hangout in their bed making sheet tents as the sunlight pours in the windows, how Greta does her hair and applies imaginary sunscreen to everyones faces and of course the snuggles and tickles.
It was a session like none other starting at the ripe hour of 6am but not for that reason. This was my very first 100% candid lifestyle documentary session. I never posed them, moved them. I think I barely spoke to be honest. I just watched and waited for the moments. The real life moments.
I hope that when Jana and Lukasz look back at these photos they remember them all.
… the way Greta stuck her tongue out to focus on pushing the coffee press down
… the cup that Lukasz drank his coffee from every morning because Greta made it if it ever breaks
… the way Greta spun her soother around in circles in her mouth as her signature trick
… reading books together in bed, in unison because they’d read them so many times
… the way Greta held Lukasz’ hand while having a dance party on their bed
… the way they made sheet tents with their feet for Greta to play in
… the way she kissed, the way she loved them
… how excited she was to have Dad’s chocolate granola for breakfast
… when she told Jana that the batteries were dead in her bowl because it didn’t suction cup to the table anymore
… when she asked Jana if she could go with them the next time they went “there” as she pointed to a picture of India
… how her favourite songs were Octopus Garden and Baby Beluga
… the stay-cation dance they did on Fridays
and my favourite: how Greta always wanted one more hug from Dad after he’d already left for work
Oh my heart.
With all of this, I am looking to do more of my future family sessions in a documentary style. I encourage you to capture the real moments of your lives similarly to this session below rather than having the classic posed session where the aim is to have everyone looking and smiling. It’s stressful for us all, mildly unnatural and as your photographer, these documentary sessions are more fulfilling than any I have ever shot. It’s something that I know I must gravitate towards and perhaps one day, it’s all I may offer for families.
NOTE: For more information and pricing for documentary family sessions, please get in touch!