Documentary Slideshow: Breakfast and Family Time

I’m a huge fan of capturing day-to-day life, especially the little moments and connections that might otherwise sneak by unnoticed. I love how documentary photography gives you a chance to record all those funny, silly, and so-very-two-year-old interactions to be looked back on for years.

Recently, a sweet family of four invited me to spend a typical Sunday afternoon with them. Our families are old friends, but I no longer live in the area, so I might have literally jumped at the chance to work with them and meet the little girls.

Our preparation for the session was minimal. I send a client questionnaire that asks for some favorite activities. From there, we made a loose plan of possibilities, but kept our time together flexible. I also ask about personalities and what some favorite photos are. That gives me a little insight into what to focus on and what might make for treasured memories.

When I arrived, it felt a lot like I was walking into my own house. The little girl is close to the age of my own daughter and the family was watching hockey playoffs. We chatted about jobs, raising kids, and our favorite finds at a certain popular store with a round red logo. We laughed at sticky fingers and toddler insistence on using the wash cloth without help. I followed from room to room, capturing detail and environment shots along the way.

A little tip for photographers:

I knew I’d be making a slideshow out of this session, so I paid special attention to finding beginning + ending shots to use as transitions between the different activities and rooms. Capturing the details such as the cleanup of one activity and the details of the next can really help to bring a viewer through the story.

I always hope that clients love their photos and slideshows for years to come. I grin like the Cheshire Cat while putting them together!

Story + slideshow contributed by Katie Slivorski

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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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  • Katie, I love how you incorporated your clients’ voices in the video clips! It’s just one more component of their lives that will change before they know it and I’m sure that they’ll love hearing the babies after they’re all grown up. Great job!!