This is why you need a documentary family photographer during your vacation

When the baby tries to take over my job.

When the baby tries to take over my job.

A family photographer for your vacation

As a documentary photographer, I love capturing moments of your everyday life. But family vacation is a special moment between you and your children.

When Sabine and Fabrice invited me to their weekend, I thought it was a great idea and the perfect occasion to immortalized their sweet vacation as a family of 3. I documented their activities as well as small moments between them and their baby.

What is documentary family photography? The answer here!

Baby Camille on his dad’s shoulders during a small walk.

Baby Camille on his dad’s shoulders during a small walk.

Why having a photographer during my vacation?

The main reason is simple : documenting your vacation is a way of keeping beautiful memories alive, as well as having these photos in an album to keep these precious moments near you forever.

This is also for your kids, that one day will be adult. They will have beautiful pictures of moments with you that are blurred or that they do not remember because of their young age. I wish my parents would have done that, that is why I love doing family photography : to make sure that I have these photographs for you, your children, your grand-children.

We have a camera so why hire a professional photographer ?

First, if not obvious, is that you cannot be in front of and behind the camera! But the main reason to hire a photographer/me, is the unique point of view that I will have during our session. As a trained photojournalist, I know how to tell a story through images.

Family vacations are my best memories with my parents. That is when we laughed the hardest, I bonded with my brother, and we shared incredible experience together.

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I love to play with emotion, gestures, light and shadow, to capture powerful moments or funny.

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Either you are going for a weekend or for several weeks, allow me to be part of your family for one day to immortalized your best laughters.

Contact me natasha.lamalle@gmail.com. To see more pictures click here.

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 yours, 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.

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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 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.

Documenting a family vacation in California

I feel so lucky that I could capture all these moments with this trip of a lifetime. Just the four of us. It was one of the best trip of my life. With my family that I love more than anything.

Note for clients : If you go to your "trip of a lifetime" type of vacation, you can bring me with you! Prices starts at 700$ for one day. Contact me at natasha.lamalle@gmail.com

 

Family session of my family in Monterey Bay (CA)

My favorite photo session are with my family! I loved that I can catch every little moments of our gathering. With my tripod, I just try to do my best to get moments of us.

It is hard because I hate being in front of the camera. The irony : I was the least "natural" looking whereas I was harassing my parents and sibling to do so. Oh well !

Here are some snaps of our trip in California !