Since documentary family photography is so different from what might come to mind when you think about hiring a photographer, I thought I’d throw out some reasons you might hire a documentary family photographer over a traditional one.
- You love lazy weekend mornings with your family.
We really love sleeping in then hanging out in our jammies on weekends as we make a yummy breakfast with no where to go. I find that most families with little kids do too. Weekend breakfast at home is one of the most popular things that families choose to document during these sessions. It’s a really special & cherished time, before the kids get older and their schedules are packed with weekend activities and sports. This little one and her mama are the early risers in the house, so we spent a few moments together downstairs before we went upstairs to wake up dad and big sis.
2. Your kids (and YOU!) aren’t embarrassed by all of the snuggles, though you have a sneaking suspicion that these days are numbered.
3. You have special places that are a big part of this season of your life.
This family lives within walking distance to their neighborhood Cupcake Royale, and frequent this place a lot for morning latté, hot chocolate & croissant runs and afternoon sweet snacks. And there’s a great soccer field literally right around the corner where everyone gets out their wiggles!
4. You want to remember what your favorite weekend routine looks like.
For this family, it’s making “foldy pancakes” (aka crepes) and eating in jammies. For you is it jumping on the trampoline in the backyard, an evening barbecue, a trip to the wading pool, finger painting, turning on the bubble machine, or a walk at the beach during low tide?
5. Your home is where you and your family are most yourselves.
The kids play dress-up, put on their silly faces, lounge on the floor, and play rainy day card games. They are comfortable being themselves, whether it’s loud and playful and silly, or shy and pensive, happy or sad or mad. We capture it all.
6. There is nothing better than genuine smiles and laughter and love.
You naturally have these beautiful moments in your everyday. I see them and record them for you. In a year or ten years, you’ll love these photos exponentially more than you do now. And your kids! Ah!!! What I would give to have photos like this of my childhood. My memory of my childhood is fuzzy, and the snippets I can remember from looking at old photographs are priceless.
Carrie Yuan is a documentary family photographer in Seattle, Washington, specializing in documentary family photography sessions that honestly tell the story of your family’s here and now. Carrie’s passion is to document the full-of-love journey that is parenthood and childhood (with a sprinkling of humor), in all its chaos & beauty. Carrie lives in Seattle with her family: a husband who is really in to this Soylent nutritional drink thing, a six year old who is legit swimming & diving, three year old boy/girl twins, the last of whom just potty trained in a week and was sooooo easy (what was I waiting for?!??), and a lab-ridgeback canine who is seriously neglected.
Carrie is currently booking family documentary photo sessions (that do NOT require the purchase of new outfits, or cleaning your house) for Summer 2016 and beyond, in-home newborn sessions in the Greater Seattle area, and hospital newborn sessions in Seattle hospitals.