A Family Outing to Remember Documentary-Style

Melania and I used to work part-time together at a coffee shop, and found we had so much in common that not much has stood in the way of our friendship throughout the years. Being an art educator, she has always loved and valued photography. Naturally, when she became pregnant with her first child, she asked if I would immortalize her pregnancy on camera, as well as her baby shower, and then newborn pictures.
Once her son had turned 3, and she was pregnant with her second, I inspired her to approach this shoot differently in order to make it more fun for her son. They chose an outing at the waterfalls near their home, bringing along an early birthday present for their son to open during this fun picnic on a summer’s day. And what did he find? A kite of course! It was an extremely enjoyable day and I don’t think I’ve ever experienced a session since where the child was this well behaved. The whole time he remained extremely engaged and cooperative! These kinds of photo sessions are perfection, where the family’s little quirks and obvious joy shine through in an authentic way.


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Guest post writing and images are from photographer, Gwylan Goddard. 

Gwylan is based out of Montreal, Canada and you can follow her at these links:

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Author: MarieMasse
I help client documentary photographers fine-tune their workflow + marketing game, so their work is filled with sessions that represent their voice + client values while earning a living. I shoot undirected, off-beat stories that aren’t preserved often enough (like the story of couples before starting a fam or becoming empty-nesters – a dream project of mine), so my clients’ old box of photos is a meaningful, visual diary of their life + legacy to leave behind.

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