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The importance of photography when losing someone you love

This was one of my first thought. I am a professional wedding photographer. Before that, I was a student photographer. I hold a camera in my hand since I’m 16 to document friends, parties, landscapes, news events, and finally, a bit of my family.

The day I lost my father, this was one of my first -painful- thought: I did not take a portrait of my father. And for many reasons. First, because I’m 30 years old and I thought I had so many more years with him. Second, because he did not like to have his picture taken. Third, because as we say "The shoemaker's children always go barefoot".

All these reasons do make up for the fact that I wish I had taken more pictures of him or document my family so much more than I did. I knew he was sick, and I should have taken his portrait, but I remember how I could not bear the situation of taking a picture thinking “in case he dies”.

You search, you find and you smile

Thank you Instagram back in 2013.

Thank you Instagram back in 2013.

A few days after the funeral, we started digging up on old pictures. Fortunately, our childhood vacations were fully documented by my parents and every picture of him we found was like a treasure. We smiled, we laughed, this would bring us the happiness that had been sucked up by our grief.

Like everyone else, as we grew up, we stopped taking so printing pictures during the new digital area. I look through my Instagram account, all our computers as well. I found our USA trip from 2013 and quickly printed an album.

What did my father’s passing teach me?

Memories fade, photographs do not. From our 2013 USA trip.

Memories fade, photographs do not. From our 2013 USA trip.

I’ve always loved being a wedding and family photographer but since my father’s passing a few months ago, I don’t “think”, I KNOW that my job is so important, and I know it more than my clients. When I talk to my clients who are around my age, I want to tell them: “seriously, for the love of God, please please please, make sure you hire a pro photographer to document your family and your wedding”. I am documenting memories and creating photographs that I know -from the pain and the joy of it- that they will be so happy to hold in their hands because once someone you love dies, this is all you have left.

When my clients hire me, they think about how they want the pictures to have and hold. But professional photography is so much more than that. The photographs I create are little treasures that they will dig in one day, full of tears, to remember one of their happiest moments.

Documenting your family with a "Day In The Life" Session

Documentary family photographer

A hug in the morning, the first bath, a kiss at night: all these moments deserve to be captured so they will exist forever. I started family photography when my friends and family started to have children. I love capturing these beautiful moments of life that make me smile behind the camera.

What is documentary family photography? The answer here!

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What is a “Day in the Life” session?

From sunrise to sunset, I am following your beautiful family around. No need to do anything special : you wear what you usually wear, you do what you usually do, your kids play like they usually play. I’m here to capture the small moments of your everyday life. You might think that there is nothing special, until you look back to see how fast time goes by.

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Why should I hire a family photographer ?

Of course, you are taking pictures of your kid all the time. But what about you. I’d like to think that your children will cherish these photos of you and them. More than that, I will capture things you might not see. As a documentary photographer, I am a storyteller. Though my camera, I will tell the story of their childhood and your parenthood with the real moments that you live every day.

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Natasha Lamalle is offering Documentary Family Photography Washington DC, Maryland and Northern Virginia. Read some more ! “This Is Why You Need A Documentary Family Photographer During Your Vacation”

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

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

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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.

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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 a 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.

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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 in your house, or in a place that means something for your family. 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.

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DOCUMENTING YOUR FAMILY WITH A "DAY IN THE LIFE" SESSION

THIS IS WHY YOU NEED A DOCUMENTARY FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHER DURING YOUR VACATION