Qu'est-ce que la photographie documentaire de famille?

Je me spécialise dans la photographie documentaire. Il y a plusieurs façons de capturer votre famille et poser n’est pas mon truc. Si c’est à nous, tant mieux, mais je ne vous aiderai pas!

Qu'est-ce que la photographie documentaire de famille ?

Documenter une famille, c'est raconter l’histoire de votre fille, de votre fils, de votre partenaire. La narration est l'objectif principal d'un.e photographe de famille documentaire.

Qu'est-ce que la narration? J'aime beaucoup la définition de story.org: “La narration implique une interaction dans les deux sens entre un narrateur et un ou plusieurs auditeurs. Les réponses des auditeurs influencent la narration de l'histoire. En fait, la narration émerge des interactions et des efforts de coopération et de coordination du conteur et du public.” Ce n’est pas seulement moi qui prends des photos. Vous devez arriver à me faire confiance, et me connaître, pour me laisser voir des moments intimes et familiaux que personne ne vois. Et de même, il faut que je vous connaisse pour pouvoir photographier qui vous êtes lors d’un jour ordinaire.

Photographe documentaire de famille


Pourquoi devriez-vous choisir la photographie de famille documentaire?

Les enfants seront des enfants non? Et c’est ce que j’aime chez eux. Une fois qu’ils sont familiarisés avec moi et mon appareil photo, ils sont eux-mêmes.

Ils cessent d'être conscients de l’appareil photo et restent eux-mêmes. Essayer de poser un enfant de 2 ans est potentiellement une séance de torture plutôt que de photographie pour lui ou elle, pour les parents et pour le.a photographe. Avec la photographie documentaire, vous obtiendrez des photos fortes et sincères pour vous et de votre famille.

Family photographer in Washington DC

Comment se passe une séance photo avec un.e photographe documentaire de famille?

La photographie documentaire n’est pas posée. Pour une séance d’une heure, je vais peut-être donner quelques directives tout en laissant votre famille jouer et être elle-même. Pour une séance “Journée dans votre vie”, il n'y a pas de pose, pas de direction. Juste moi et mon appareil photos, capturant un moment sincère qui se produira même si je n’étais pas là.

Vous pouvez contacter votre photographe de famille documentaire en Bourgogne, Lyon et Paris : natasha.lamalle@gmail.com. Vous pouvez regarder mon portfolio ici.

Photographe de famille en Bourgogne

Documentary family photography: why it is the best way to capture your family

I am specializing in documentary photography. There is several way to capture your family, and posing isn’t my thing. If it’s ours, good for you, but I won’t be any help!

What is documentary family photography?

Documenting a family is telling a story of your daughter, your son, your spouse. Storytelling is the main focus for a documentary family photographer.

What is storytelling? I really love the definition of story.org : “Storytelling involves a two-way interaction between a storyteller and one or more listeners. The responses of the listeners influence the telling of the story. In fact, storytelling emerges from the interaction and cooperative, coordinated efforts of teller and audience.” This is not just me taking pictures. You need to trust me, to know me. And I’m just the same, I need to know you to be able to photograph who you are on an ordinary day.

Photographe documentaire de famille


Why should you choose documentary family photography?

Kids will be kids right? And that’s what I love about them. Once they are familiar with a camera around, they just are.

They stop being self aware of the camera and they stay themselves. Trying to pose a 2 year-old could be just torture for her or him, the parents and the photographer. So going with documentary photography will make strong and candid photographs of you and your family.


Family photographer in Washington DC

How documentary family photography differs from lifestyle ?

Lifestyle is one moment, a short and flying moment. We choose a background, your clothes, maybe even directing a little. Documenting has barely any directing. For a one-hour session, maybe I will provide some direction while still leaving your family play and be itself. For a Day in the life session, there is no posing, no direction. Just me and my camera, capturing candid moment that will still happen if I wasn’t here.

You can contact your documentary family photographer in Washington DC, Virginia and Maryland : natasha.lamalle@gmail.com. You can look at my portfolio here.

Winter engagement session in Woodley Park, Washington D.C.

We met on a cold day in January. The week before, Washington DC finally felt it was the winter. After a few inches of snow, the temperature was below 30°F most days. Ben and Michela did not care. We maintained our scheduled session.

We decided to meet and to do in their neighborhood: Woodley Park. Unfortunately, our meeting was during the federal shutdown, so the zoo was out of the question.

We decided to start walking along Connecticut Avenue. We stopped by an old theater, then on the bridge, but our sweet spot really was the bridge and in the park underneath.

Engagement session at Woodley Park in Washington DC

Washington DC Engagement Photographer

Many wedding photographers are not fond of pre-wedding portraits. But I love it for two main reasons.

First, my couple and I would meet for the second time. It is important that you feel relax in front of your photographer. Getting used to the camera on the day of your wedding is not the ideal situation. That is why having your engagement session in Washington DC or any of your favorite place is a good idea.

Second, it is a great way to get non-wedding photos taken by a professional photographer. You will have the options to print and framed beautiful pictures of the two of you.

Engagement session in front of an old theater

How to choose the best location for your engagement pictures in Washington DC, Virginia or Maryland?

The site should talk to you, they should mean something in your relationship. It could be your home, your favorite bar, the park he or she proposed, your Sunday walk trail. If you are up for some adventure, it could be a National park or a sports session (love climbing? I do too!). Yes, you can go for a kayak trip or a horseback riding.

Washington DC has many beautiful locations for an engagement session but does the US Capitol or the Washington Monument really represent your love? An engagement session is also an opportunity to have fun in front of the camera.

Read more : The perfect engagement session... is when you stay YOURSELVES!

Engagement session in a DC bar

Natasha Lamalle engagement photographer

For Michela and Ben, the perfect scene to finish their session was in their favorite pub : Duke’s counter. We sat there to warm up as we just spent two hours in the cold! They grabbed some drinks and relaxed after all our intense but playful moment.

I could not wait for them to see all their images. I went home and started working on our fun moment. I was able to finish the editing in the early evening.

Thanks so much-we’ve been looking at them non-stop! They’re so great!! We really love them so much and we are so thrilled to have you as a photographer for our wedding!” - Michela and Ben.

Shoot me an email at natasha.lamalle@gmail.com to start our conversation about your engagement session!

Se marier en Bourgogne

Chaque été, je reviens passer du temps sur mes chères terres bourguignonnes pour voir ma famille, mes amis, et photographier des mariages. En 2020, je vais moi-même organiser mon mariage dans ma Bourgogne natale.

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Un mariage en Bourgogne : comment trouver son photographe ?

Que l’on aille sur n’importe quel site, ou que l’on regarder sur Google, on voit arriver un flot de noms et de sites de photographe. Si vous cherchez un photographe de mariage en Bourgogne professionnel et talentueux, je vous conseille deux sites sur lesquels je suis inscrites.

Fearless photographer = les photographes intrépides

Vous trouverez mon profil sur le site, auprès de grands noms de la photographie de mariage. Sur le site, le moto est clair : “L'amour n'est pas seulement beau. Tu le sais. L'amour est aussi réel. Hilarant. Bruyant. Audacieux. Désordonné. Authentique. Il faut du courage pour croire en un véritable amour - quelque chose de grand, de durable, de quelque chose, ouais, on va le dire, terrifiant. Il faut du courage pour marcher dans une longue allée et pour commencer une nouvelle vie ensemble. L'amour est sans peur. Vos photos de mariage devraient l'être aussi. C'est pourquoi nous sommes ici. Nous réunissons des couples sans peur et des photographes professionnels passionnés du monde entier. Nous vous facilitons la tâche pour rechercher et trouver le photographe qui vous convient. Parce que tes photos doivent être aussi intrépides que ton amour.”

Alors, convaincu? Rendez-vous ici pour trouver tous les photographes à Dijon et en France.

Wedding Photojournalist Association

Si vous êtes allés faire un tour sur ma page “about”, vous savez déjà que je suis journaliste et photographe, donc je tends vers le style documentaire de photojournaliste. C’est donc bien naturellement que j’ai postulé pour faire partie de l’association des photojournalistes de mariage WPJA. Par ici, vous ne trouverez que des photographers qui se sont spécialisés dans le “storytelling”, raconter l’histoire de votre mariage, sans vous posez comme une statue. Pour les photographes français, vous trouverez une liste de merveilleux photographes ici.

Pour choisir un photographe de mariage, vous pouvez lire mes conseils sur cet article : “comment choisir un bon photographer de mariage”.

Ma magnifique meilleure amie et son mari lors de leur mariage champêtre en Côte-d’Or.

Ma magnifique meilleure amie et son mari lors de leur mariage champêtre en Côte-d’Or.

Organiser son mariage en Bourgogne

La salle de réception

Avant toute recherche de photographes ou de traiteurs, cherchez votre salle de réception, que ce soit en Côte d’Or, en Saône-et-Loire, dans la Nièvre ou dans l’Yonne. Que ce soit une salle des fêtes ou un château, ce sont vos invités et votre bonne humeur qui vont vraiment mettre de la vie lors de votre mariage. En Bourgogne, on a aussi la possibilité d’un domaine au milieu des vignes. Que de choix!

Le traiteur

Selon votre budget et vos goûts, vous allez vous orienter vers un traiteur professionnel qui vous proposera des menus selon vos souhaits. Est-ce que vous devez forcément faire le traditionnel entrée-plat-dessert? Nous sommes en 2019. Faites-vous plaisir avec un joli buffet, ou pourquoi un food-truck ou ce qui vous semble bien pour vous. Faites un mariage qui vous ressemble, et cela passe par le traiteur aussi!

Le vin

En Bourgogne, nous sommes tous simplement bénis! Dès que vous connaissez la date de votre mariage, allez dans les caves pour acheter votre vin. Certains viticulteurs vous garderont même vos bouteilles jusqu’au J-jour! Et puis, ce sont aussi de très bons moments familiaux dont on se souviendra très longtemps.

La ou la photographe

Si vous ne trouvez pas votre bonheur en Bourgogne, il y a des tonnes de photographes merveilleux à Lyon et à Paris. Nous sommes idéalement bien placés alors ne vous cantonnez pas au choix de proximité! Ouvrez vos horizons et trouver la ou le photographe que vous aimez et qui sera vous apprécier! Si vous voulez me contacter pour connaître mes tarifs, envoyez-moi un email à natasha.lamalle@gmail.com.

Le fleuriste, la robe, les alliances, le DJ et j’en passe!

Une fois la salle, le traiteur et le photographe réservés, il vous restera encore pas mal de fun! Choisir sa robe est toujours un beau moment entre une mère et sa fille! Pour les hommes, c’est pareil! Allez avec vos pères ou vos amis essayer des costumes, c’est un jour qui se prépare dans la bonne humeur, et qui renforce nos liens avec des êtres chers! Les alliances sont toujours difficiles à choisir car ce sont des bijoux que nous portons à vie. Prenez votre temps pour chercher dans plusieurs boutiques et pour trouver la “perle” rare.

Si vous chercher un photographe de mariage en Bourgogne, n’hésitez pas à m’écrire à natasha.lamalle@gmail.com

Find the best photographer for you

I’ve been a bride. But I’m also a wedding photographer. I know the names of all the most incredible photographers out there. But I chose to go with someone I got along with because I knew she would make me feel confortable and beautiful.

Because the best photographer for you is someone you feel good with. Maybe you are an extravert and then , it is easier for you to feel confortable with a lot of people! But if you are an introvert, you will want something that understand you and your shyness.

Tamanna and Nick were the sweetest couple! They married at Eastern market in Washington DC

Tamanna and Nick were the sweetest couple! They married at Eastern market in Washington DC

What do you expect from your photographer?

This is the question I ask all my future brides. What do you expect from me? Once we’ve told me what you want, I can tell you if I will be able to give it to you. Sometimes, couples don’t want to lose their time with a lot of posed pictures, which is totally fine with me!

I love when I can concentrate on documenting your story. But sometimes, a bride or a groom will expect me to do a lot of portrait and I’ll be happy with this as well.

Monika and Gary got married at Fathom Gallery in Washington DC.

Monika and Gary got married at Fathom Gallery in Washington DC.

The best photographer in Washington DC

Am I the best wedding photographer in DC? Probably not! But I can assure you that I do my best to always better myself with educational videos, going to professional workshops and conferences. Am I the best photographer in Washington for you? Maybe!

Let’s start the conversation (shoot me an email at natasha.lamalle@gmail.com).

Eastern Market Winter Wedding, Washington D.C.

Tamanna and Nick wanted a wedding that ressembles them : minimalist, classy, and… Them!

Tamanna’s parent are from Afghanistan. They organized a first religious ceremony on Friday, one day before the official date of their wedding. This was a private gathering with family membres only. This was so important for the bride and the groom because their parents would meet for the first time.

They rented a penthouse in the Navy yard neighborhood, which had the best view on the Capitol building from the rooftop!

Their wedding at Eastern market

The following day, we started with the first look at Union Station. Unfortunately, it was rainy all day. Instead of doing our portrait session in front of the Capitol like we originally planned, we decided to go at the National Gallery of Art, the groom’s favorite museum in the Nation’s capital.

After two hours of portraits, we went to the venue: the very historical Eastern Market Building! Everything was set up by the team once we arrived there thanks to the professionalism of the wedding planner Karla Calle from Bee Inspired.

Once all the guests sat down, the ceremony started. It was lead by one of their dear friend. The ceremony was well thought and again, reflected their passions and who they want to be as a couple : fun and nerdy!

After their own ceremony, the second part of the afghan ceremony took place one hour after this. We had time to take family formals and more bride and groom portraits!

Once everyone got sited, the afghan tradition started.

Then, they spent three hours on the dancefloor with the excellent and award-winning DJ Kelton Higgins.

Comment choisir un bon photographe de mariage?

Vous vous êtes fiancés récemment et maintenant, vous voilà dans le tourbillon des décisions à prendre! Quel lieu pour le mariage? Quelle robe? Quelles alliances? Quelle église? Quel thème? Et surtout, quel photographe? Quelle est la personne qui va nous aider à garder tous nos beaux souvenirs?

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Pourquoi un photographe de mariage?

Ce n’est pas forcément évident pour tout le monde, puisque beaucoup de futurs mariés comptent sur leurs invités pour les photos, et très souvent, le regrettent par la suite. Je vois trois raisons pour lesquelles il est essentiel de faire appel à un photographe professionnel.

Premièrement, vous préparez votre mariage de A à Z en le confiant à des professionnels comme le traiteur et ses serveurs. Vous ne demanderiez pas à vos amis de faire le service? Les photographies, c’est du même acabit.

Deuxièmement, tout le monde n’a pas les compétences pour faire de bonnes photographies qui capturent réellement ce qu’il se passe. Parfois, une cérémonie peut ne durer qu’un quart d’heure! Un photographe pro pourra vous fournir 20 à 30 photos différentes en ce laps de temps par exemple.

Troisièmement, le photographe pro a déjà fait de nombreux mariages : il sait comment s’organiser, et surtout comment VOUS aider à vous organiser, pour que le jour J, quand lui travaille sans se poser de question, éh bien vous, de votre côté, vous en profitez!

Comment choisir son photographe de mariage?

Il faut déjà définir votre budget! Cela va très clairement vous orienter ! Mes couples aiment mon style documentaire. J’ai une formation de photojournaliste, donc les photos posées, très peu pour moi! Je le fais, notamment pour les photos de groupe, mais je n’excelle pas dans l’art du portrait. Mes couples le savent, et très souvent, c’est ce qu’ils recherches: un ou une photographe qui les suivra sans qu’ils s’en aperçoivent!

Pour me trouver, vous avez dû faire des recherches sur Internet. Je suis dans de nombreux listings de mariage. Ou peut-être était-ce par du bouche à oreille, ce qui fonctionne encore très bien! Alors demandez à vos proches, et à Google, et je suis sûre que vous trouverez la perle rare!

Je serai la seule personne sobre sur la piste de danse pour ne rater aucun moment, notamment les plus drôles!

Je serai la seule personne sobre sur la piste de danse pour ne rater aucun moment, notamment les plus drôles!

Pourquoi un photographe “coûte aussi cher”?

C’est souvent la question qui taraude les couples. Dans mes prestations, vous voyez une liste de ce qui est inclus. Cela va du basic (horaire, la post-production des photos et la galerie en ligne pour la livraison des photos) à des ajouts de “souvenirs” (boîtes à photos, album, wall art).

Mais ce qu’il ne faut pas oublier, ce sont les heures passées avec vous, ou du moins pour vous. Les coups de téléphone pour l’organisation, le déplacement sur les lieux du mariage, les heures avec vous, et puis les heures sans vous, à traiter et éditer chaque photographie minutieusement. Bien sûr, vous payez également une compétence, un savoir-faire, un talent, et pour certains photographes très talentueux, un artiste qui vous créera des images uniques.

Personnellement, je ne pratique pas le “tarif mariage”. Mon taux horaire est toujours le même, que ce soit pour les mariages ou les photos de famille. J’y passe autant de temps mentalement que physiquement.

D’autres questions? N’hésitez pas!

Vous pouvez me contacter à natasha.lamalle@gmail.com

Wedding at Mount Vernon, Alexandria, Virginia

Amanda and David’s wedding was just few days after the big hurricane that hit the Carolinas. But lucky for them, the sun returned just before their big day. What a relief! We started our day in the Kimpton Lorien Hotel, in the historical city of Alexandria. The rooftop next to her bedroom was perfect for their first look!

As David is a former marine, they’ve decided to get married in the beautiful Semper Fi Memorial Chapel, a very intimate place, perfect for small weddings. We waited for the family to leave the church to have some time to take pictures of the couple around the chapel and the park!

Then, we went to a third place for the reception : Mount Vernon Inn. The venue is wonderful and outdoor perfect for a night reception.

Here are the photographs from Amanda and David’s wedding.

Wedding at Fathom Gallery, Washington DC

It was a warm day of September. Monika was in one of the room of the Fathom Gallery, a beautiful venue on 14th street, close to Logan Circle, in Washington DC.

Monika and Gary decided to organize a small wedding on the very cute terrasse of the venue. While the bridal party was helping the groom and the bride put it place the last details, Monika and I were in her room, getting ready to put her dress on.

Monika decided not to hire a make up artist and did her make up by herself. This was a beautiful moment to get pictures of her having a bit of a “me time” during a lovely but stressful day of preparation.

Right before the ceremony, the sun got hidden by the buildings, giving us a beautiful light for this special instant.

This venue is perfect for couple who likes layback and intimate weddings, which fits perfectly my style focused on moments and emotions.

You can read Monika’s review on  Wedding Wire or The Knot.

Wedding at Historic Rosemont Manor

Evelynn and Andrew chose Historic Rosemont Manor for many reason. The beauty of it, first. The place is in Virginia’s countryside.

On the terrace of the building, the view is amazing. Far away, we can see the mountains of Shenandoah. But what this couple adored, was that during the month of April, the main tree behind the ceremony space blooms with pink flowers. It was the perfect background!

Second, the service. During their wedding day, Historic Rosemont Manor team was always around, making sure that everything was falling into places. While the girls were getting ready in a studio, the guys were few hundred feet away to get ready as well. It made it very easy for me to go to a place and then another.

American-Vietnamese wedding

Evelynn vietnamese‘s roots added three traditional ceremony into the day. First, before the ceremony, both family met in the living room of the manor. The family of Evelynn gave her gift before walking down the aisle.

Second, they change and put a traditional vietnamese outfit to be introduce as husband and wife.

Third, and I think that everyone should do it, is to say hi to every table during the reception. That way, I was able to capture the couple with everyone!

Pre-wedding : a fantastic engagement session

Evelynn and Andrew asked me to come to their house few month before the wedding as they wanted a chill and relax time with me, a good way to know each other and judge my work before the big day! If you are looking for a Northern Virginia Wedding Photographer, don’t be shy and let’s start a conversation. Shoot me an email at natasha.lamalle@gmail.com


Wedding at Luray Caverns, Virginia

The story of Mike and Victoria is one of the most beautiful tales I've ever heard. After two years and a half apart, her in Peru and him in Virginia, the two lovebirds finally got married. 

They chose a unique place: Luray Caverns in Virginia. 

For a photographer, its is a real challenge. I tried to keep the atmosphere of the caverns, along with my style. First Mike down to the caverns by walking through the fast way. I had time to get few shots of him and his groomsmen in the cavern. 

Victoria, the bride, walked one mile with her guests down to the caverns. The ceremony was really casual and done in 15 minutes. Then we walked back to the surface, taking pictures all the way to the beginning. 

The venue was the reception was on site. It was a beautiful room with walls in wood. After few bites and very emotional speeches, everyone started to dance in the middle of the tables. 

What a wonderful night!

Wedding at Liberty Mountain, Pennsylvania

Liz and John got married to the wonderful location of Liberty Mountain resort last May. While the girls were getting ready in a room downstair, at the venue, the boys were downhill at the hotel.

The venue can be done for couple living in Washington DC. Far away from the city, you get the perfect space for a wedding surrounded by nature.

The wedding took place just outside of the reception room. In the middle of the mountain and the ski resort, the ceremony had a beautiful background.

The large sky path allowed us to get portraits with a beautiful green background. 

 The night finished with sparkles, which allowed me to catch the best exit for our two love birds. 

Second shooting for Andrew Morrell. 

Wedding in Potomac, Maryland

Sonia and Jeremy go back 5 years ago. Sonia met her now husband in California during a school exchange. They immediately  fall for each other. But soon, Sonia went back to her homeland, France, before going to Egypt. They reunited two years ago and decided to settle in Washington D.C..

Their wedding followed Jeremy's family persian traditions. What a beautiful ceremony ! His aunt organised the ceremony in her house's backyard, preparing a very intimate ceremony with friends from all over the world in Potomac, Maryland. 

After a 30 minutes ceremony, and all the group photos, the family and friends gathered to listen one of Sonia's friend singing Edith Piaf. After that, another friends read a poem to the newly married couple. 

The dinner party was very happy, with beautiful and touching speeches from Sonia and Jeremy 's friends and families. Here is a peak of their day :

Hair and make up : Dolce Vita at TYSONS GALLERIA

Jessica's bridal shower in Royal Oak, MI

A dear friend of mine is getting married very soon. Last week, we all gathered for her shower in Royal Oak, Michigan. The decoration was lovely with flowers, candles and pictures on the tables. Her aunt made fabulous cupcakes to bring home. As she wanted to keep it cozy, less than 30 women gathered to offer her a sweet moment for brunch. 

Here are some pictures of her intimate shower.

Wedding at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington DC

Mari & Giovanni decided to get married in December for one good reason : cheaper prices! Their day started sunny and cold at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington D.C., where they both had a bedroom. 

They got married in the wonderful and beautiful cathedral of St Matthew in Washington D.C.. The priest was really nice and relax during the whole wedding. 

After the ceremony, the party went back to the hotel for the dinner. After the toasts and the meal, everybody had a lot of fun on the dance floor. 

Venue : Mayflower Hotel in Washington D.C.

Church : St Matthew

Photographer : Mary Sandoval, assisted by Natasha Lamalle.