Phoenix Family Photography | I Prefer to be a Documentary Photographer

I’ve taken a long break from blogging. It’s been over one year, with the exception of the photos I posted the other day. I needed a break from everything that had to do with keeping an online presence. It’s a lot of work to write blogs, and post on Facebook and Instagram.

I recently decided it’s time to show my blog a little love, because my old blog posts did not represent my current work. I actually took down all of my old work. Blogging also provides me a place to share more informally why I only book family photojournalism sessions. It’s hard to express those feelings on my website.

I have known for a while that I don’t like photographing regular portraits and I don’t like editing them. I know I can take a great portrait. And I know these types of photos are important to people. And I loved all of the clients I’ve worked with over the years. But I prefer to be a documentary photographer.

I don’t connect with the idea of people standing in front of my camera and smiling at me anymore. I want to photograph something real… as in, people who are not posed, not positioned in pretty light, and not told what to do. I want real moments, in a real life setting, as it is honestly unfolding. These are what family photojournalism sessions are supposed to be about.

Below are a few photos I pulled from a session I did back in October of a family in Litchfield. It was a typical Saturday morning for them. They normally ride their bikes to a local donut shop down and have breakfast. On the way home, they stop at a neighborhood park and let the kids play. Once back home, they hang out and play some more. There was nothing special planned for the photo session, because their normal routine was already special. I followed them for four hours. I created images I loved. And images the family loved. These are the families I’m looking for! Families who understand how beautiful the ordinary moments are.

I sent a newsletter to all of my Phoenix clients in September, stating 2018 will be my last year doing photography. There were so many reasons behind that decision (including another job and personal reasons). However, I decided to book a handful of photojournalism sessions in 2019 because I do enjoy this work.

If you’d like to read more about photojournalism sessions, please read the My About page. And if you’d like to see more photos from this family session, you can view the gallery here.


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