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
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.
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.
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 :)
Brothers… what more need I say?
Here’s those school photos I mentioned <3
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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