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Apr 15, 2021

Family Photography

What to Expect From Your Outdoor Photography Session in Hampton Roads

The idea behind being a Hampton Roads documentary photographer is to preserve a moment for your family. When I ask parents what they want the most from their session, the answer seems to resonate with sentimentality and saving memories the best way we know how.

With documentary photography, the goal is to leave the moment untouched by outside influences. The session includes documenting raw feelings as they happen and true movement as a family. Capturing the imperfections and heartwarming events is what makes each session successful. The entire process is built to create beautiful, real images that stitch a well-told story of family connecting authentically with stress-free planning.

The approach is simple.

Our conversation begins with getting to know each other and developing our connection begin as friends. I become your helper so you don’t have to do the hard work. I take your stress, and I manage it for you while you focus on the important things – Creating important memories from the small moments.

One of the most important tasks we complete is the location selection. As a Hampton Roads documentary photographer, I sometimes suggest going to the beach where you take the kids to play in the water; or maybe you are like my family and enjoy going to museums to explore trails. Some families love the local parks. I have found that when we let the kids lead, their adventurous spirit takes over. They let go of being shy in front of the camera and they allow us to experience spontaneity in the moment. I guide you through selecting 1-2 group activities to focus on beforehand, and then you let loose together. No poses, no shot list, just pure, in-the-moment joy.


What you should expect from your Hampton Roads documentary photographer is to have pure, genuine fun in the moment and nothing else.

As a parent, you don’t have to worry about who’s not smiling, or if the outfits are perfect. You are giving yourself permission to be wholly involved. You and the kids play, I do the work. Our sessions are untimed, so there is no pressure on how long we have to “get the shots.”

After the session ends, I do what I love best. I cull, select, and prepare your images for the Gallery Reveal and Order Session. From there, we preview the best images that tell the story of your day as a family and turn the memories into keepsakes for you to enjoy. We select what suits you best, whether it’s wall art, a keepsake box, or albums for the family. Once they are selected, ordered and prepared, I deliver your images and you enjoy them forever. Then, we schedule another session when you are ready to do it all over again.

Who says prepping for your outdoor family documentary photography session has to be stressful? Not this lady.

Click here to find out how to make that happen.

And be sure to read the post about Why I began Photographing the Small Moments. 


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