Why dads love documentary family photo sessions
This is a true short story.
A woman says, all excited, “Honey, we’re gonna have a family photo session in a few weeks!” Her better half responds, disgruntled, “Not another photo session…”
That was before he had experienced his first documentary family photo session. His opinion completely changed after they spent one hour in front of my camera. He said he wished all photo sessions were like this.
Do you want to know why?
During their session, they got to ride their quads, play with their kids, grab a few veggies from their garden and go for a short walk in the forest on their acreage—all things they enjoy doing regularly. You can see the full session right here.
This is why dads love documentary family photo sessions
If you need to convince your reluctant partner to have family photos done, you should consider a documentary family photo session. Dads love them for the five following reasons:
1. They don’t have to dress up in clothes they don’t feel like wearing. They can wear whatever they’d wear on any given day because documentary family photography is all about real life. So there’s no need to try to embellish or change it.
2. There’s no posing and they don’t need to look at the camera even once unless you insist on having a more traditional family portrait done. They don’t have to follow guidelines and prompts either, or pretend to have fun when they wish they could be somewhere else doing something else. All they have to do is be themselves.
3. What this means is they can do whatever they want during the session. They can play with the kids, teach them something they’re good at, take them on the paddleboard, relax, grill something on the BBQ… The sky’s the limit!
4. They don’t need to waste any of their precious time if they have something important to do. They can work on a project while you and the kids do something else in the background, or you can all work on the project together. For example, a dad decided to install a mirror in the hallway during his photo session while another one mowed the lawn, and a third one fixed a drawer with his 4-year-old son.
5. Dads don’t have to be there 100% of the time if they don’t want to. Some families start their session while dad is still at work. That way, they get photos of how excited the kids are when he comes home. I’ve also seen dads go out and run errands during half or full day in the life sessions while I photograph the rest of the family. They still appear in lots of their photos but don’t feel the need to be there the entire time.
I’m sure we could find other reasons why dads love documentary family photo sessions. Why don’t you give it a try? Father’s Day is just a few days away! If you want to celebrate the man in your life and offer him a meaningful gift, contact me to talk about your options.
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I'm Marie-Pierre, an easygoing mother of two and a documentary family photographer. I believe we can all learn and grow from other people's experiences. Real life stories help us relate to each other, open our minds and feel better about ourselves.
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