What is a storytelling session?
One of the things I love about running my own business is the ability to follow through on inspiration almost immediately. If I have a new idea, I can implement it as soon as I feel the time is right.
About six months ago, I started offering storytelling sessions in addition to my more "lifestyle" sessions. If storytelling and lifestyle session terminology confuse you - not to worry - most photographers (including me) wonder as well!
When I started photographing families, I loved the feeling of creating images that captured them as they are - while still controlling the environment - which for a closet Type A girl like me, works pretty well! I love getting real reactions, smiles and emotions from those I photograph. That is exactly what lifestyle photography is all about - beautiful photos, beautiful emotions and authenticity of the family.
I sort of thought that was where documentary family photography ended. Until I came across storytelling photography. There are a variety of names for it - including documentary and photojournalism, and there are even some truly amazing genres called "day in the life photography". My version of storytelling is - capturing the moment as it is, while finding the best camera angle to highlight the moment, without disturbing any of the surroundings.
Because I feel that photographs can best capture words, I wanted to share a few sessions from this past spring that best describe these family storytelling sessions. If you are interested in scheduling one of these sessions - keep in mind they will probably be one of the least stressful photography sessions you've ever done with your family - there is no posing, no rules, your family is just YOU. Basically, we plan an activity, you show up, and I do the rest. Contact me today to capture your family telling their story.
Story session: A picnic at the Cherry Blossoms
Story session: Spending time with mom (and brother too)
Story session: A visit to Burke Lake; a train ride and ice cream