Category: Real Documentary Photo Story Features

Gaining Closure of a Life Change Through Making Pictures

The moment I said ‘yes’ in the decision to move south, there was a pang that felt a lot like loss among the excitement of adventure. If you knew me in real life, you’d know I’m an easy going, go-with-the-flow kinda girl. I LOVE new + change. Still, when I love something hard, I have […]

An Annual Family Photo Session to Spotlight Cerebral Palsy

I want to share a story with you. A special one. Special. Special needs. Special needs family. What does this mean? Why is it important to share the stories of special families? Well because they are among us. They are our family, friends, neighbors, and classmates…. By sharing their stories it helps bring awareness to […]

Go on an Adventure While Volunteering Your Documentary Services with a Non-Profit

Balancing being a mom of three girls and growing a business makes for a pretty busy life. But this summer I found myself with a unique opportunity – all three of my girls, 10, 12 and 14, were going to be away for 3.5 weeks at sleepaway camp. This was going to be the longest […]

Engagement Photography That Speaks To Your Heart

Have you ever looked at a photograph of your newly engaged friends thought “Man, I have never seen them look like that!” Maybe it’s a friend wearing a suit when he’s clearly a shorts and t-shirt kind of guy. Maybe it was a girlfriend sitting daintily in a park when you know she would rather […]

Making a Connection With Your Client While Making Pictures of Her In Pregnancy

I won’t lie. Like many photographers, it took me awhile to find my feet. I began as a filmmaker and threw myself headfirst into the wedding industry, falling head over heels in love with photography along the way. I was happy with my work, but after awhile, I knew that the culture of high expectations in […]

Documenting Real Stories: and she would reply, “I’m right here.”

I went to school with Tina and her older brothers and kept in touch with her on Facebook throughout the years that followed. I had been following her husband Jamie’s journey with stage 4 cancer.  He had been fighting for two and a half years and when I saw her post about Jamie being taken […]

Thoughts on Choosing a Photo Project You Can Commit to

The past 12 months or so just happened to be all about projects. I love how they keep me accountable for documenting all the important stuff happening around me. I really just wanted to give up the desperate feeling of where my next client was coming from and whether they like my style and to […]

Documenting Real Stories: Learning About Lobsterman Life

I’m a child and family documentary photographer in Oklahoma City obsessed with the connection of kinship. Every summer, my family escapes the heat and heads to the coast of Maine. It’s complete nostalgia to chase my nieces and nephew along the same beach I’ve been barefoot on since I was a newborn. Last summer, I photographed […]

Documenting Real Stories: A Photographer Meets a Nomad Family in the Wal-Mart Parking Lot

I am a storyteller. Possibly my greatest muses are my children.  At least they are my most common.  Through the lens of my camera they have grown and learned.  But this story is not their story.  It is about someone else’s.  Someone whose story is very much different than mine… This particular story presented itself […]

Teaching Children about Self Expression through Documentary Photography

The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. They say you can learn a lot about someone by what they photograph. They also say that everyone has their own unique perspective. I couldn’t agree more. I am a documentary photographer. I am also a mom of three kids. I love both jobs immensely. I spend […]

Documenting Real Stories: Annual Festival in South Africa

My name is Jana, and I’m one of the very few documentary photographers in my area here in South Africa. These photos that I share with you are very close to my heart, and remain one of my favourite sessions of all time. Since documentary family photography is still so new and fairly unknown in […]

Documenting Real Stories: A Client Photo Session on a Farm

So much of my photography career people have always wanted everyone to look the camera “cheeseing”, and I’ll do it, very unwillingly, but I will do it. Those aren’t the moments that anyone truly want to remember. The ones where everyone has sweat dripping and teeth grinding all while trying to wrangle children into their position […]

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