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The power of documentary photography lies in the power of an image to transport back to a moment that has passed. And it lies in the power of an image to reveal what might have might have gone unnoticed, to preserve what might have been forgotten. Renowned photographer Elliot Erwitt wrote, “To me, photography is an art of observation. It’s about finding something interesting in an ordinary place… I’ve found it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them.” In my documentary family photography I am most drawn to the interesting things in an ordinary place, and my particular way of seeing is tuned into the moments of joy and connection that make us strong, amazing, vibrant, one of a kind and yet of-a-piece with the whole human story. 

 I believe every family has a story and every image I create should be a true picture of your story. Some parts of our stories are universal – mothering, fathering, the delight of a happy child, the connection in a touch or a gaze. And some parts of our stories are uniquely our own. The artist in me is happiest when I’ve found both the universal and the unique, and deliver images that light you up inside. 

 

To see more documentary family sessions, read:

Every little moment: the last days of maternity leave

Cousins on the farm

A morning at home

 

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