Payne Family | River Minis

This family was one of my first clients when we relocated to Missouri, and they were TOTALLY on board with a documentary style session. No posing? CHECK. No matching outfits or cheesy props? DOUBLE CHECK.

You can see their Haha-tonka session here:

Nicole and had kept trying to schedule some school photos for the boys, but with us both working ridiculous schedules the stars hadn’t lined up. When she saw I was offering mini sessions at the river she messaged me immediately saying reserve her slot <3

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Specializing in lifestyle and documentary photography sessions has really freed up my soul to be creative and look for moments that I find interesting. Sometimes those might be quiet, introspective moments and other times (usually) it’s children or adults being a little naughty. Since I stopped shooting posed portrait sessions, I no longer have to worry about getting everyone’s face perfectly in focus in each shot, ensuring no child is picking their nose in the portrait (honestly, I LOVE to photograph young children picking their nose. Is that weird? I think it’ll make great senior photo payback in their yearbook!) or worrying that Dad forgot to remove his hat and later mom will email me asking to Photoshop it off.

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Did you know lifestyle and documentary sessions differ slightly? I’ve evolved into shooting somewhat of a mixture of the two. Lifestyle is where you place your subjects in a setting, give them a direction (touch noses!) and then photograph the interaction. It looks unposed and spur of the moment, but usually it happens in a controlled way to get a particular reaction. Pure documentary sessions, on the contrast, have ZERO direction and the photographer’s job is to tell the story and find interesting angles without ever asking the client/subject to act a certain way. While that really does sing to my soul, some of my clients would prefer a little nudging into activities and I TOTALLY am ok with that! I also typically “influence” a short session like this by choosing the time of day and location of the session knowing that the lighting will be interesting and not flat or too harsh. I do use flash, especially in studio work, but prefer not to lug it around when I’m chasing toddlers at a park.

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Photos in the water where you’re allowed to get wet? YES PLEASE. I also carry a ridiculous insurance policy on my equipment because to get photos like this, I can’t be scared of a little water :)

springfield virginia documentary photography

Brothers… what more need I say?

springfield virginia documentary photography
springfield virginia documentary photography
springfield virginia documentary photography

Here’s those school photos I mentioned <3

springfield virginia documentary photography
springfield virginia documentary photography
springfield virginia documentary photography

I’m currently only booking a few more sessions for July and August in the Waynesville/Fort Leonard Wood area this year, so if you have been thinking of getting on my schedule NOW is the time!

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