Capture a moment. Capture an age. Capture the love of family and friends today to treasure forever.
As family photojournalists, our job is to show you and your family at home, at work and at play. Rather than take a family portrait of stiff smiles and starched collars, people who hire a family photojournalist want to be in the middle of life with those they love, not herding whiners into a studio or stuck behind a camera themselves.
What is Family Photojournalism?
“Family photojournalism” just means we take a documentary, real-life, real-settings approach to photographing your family’s daily events, outings, parties or vacation activities. And as documentary photographers, we’re not focused on looking to pose your crew into a “funny” situation or stage-direct your celebrations. We just know that families look their best “acting naturally” — because they’re not acting, they’re actually enjoying themselves!
After awhile, you’ll forget your family photojournalist is even there, which is when the pictures get good.
An afternoon in the backyard? A trip into town? A birthday party? Your mother’s retirement dinner? Really, the pictures we capture are limited only by your willingness and imagination, because we bring the image expertise and equipment.
FPJA Charter Member Galleries
The FPJA is temporarily displaying some captivating and engaging family photos from our Charter Members.
Most family photojournalist assignments fall into one of two categories, although you’ll have beautiful, natural photographs of your family or friends from either kind of occasion.
Moments for Family Pictures
There are alternatives to the studio portrait session for families. Dress down and let us capture your family as they really are and in the ways you’ll want to always remember. Do your normal routine: a family game night, take a walk, play in the backyard, or head into town for shopping or a visit to the playground. Get the entire family out there raking autumn leaves, and get it photographed. There are opportunities for beautiful, candid shots of you with the people you love … as well as a lot of opportunities for humor and self-aware confidence. Using photographs from that stage of the ‘day in your life’, for a family portrait reveals an enviable comfort with the real moments of family life that some people would love to share and show for many years. Have some fun in the kitchen making dinner together, some pancakes, or some cookies. Plan a classic picnic at the beach, or an afternoon in the park, and enjoy yourselves while your photographer captures the real expressions, the true interactions of the gathered group and the quiet conversations.
Pictures of Family Moments
Capture the real-life situations and emotions of the milestones and celebrations people plan but don’t think about photographing until too late, so they resort to their phone’s camera. The birth of a child. Bar Mitzvahs. Family reunions. Birthday parties. While better than no record at all, there’s usually an important person missing from all the photos: you! And because you want to interact with your friends and guests, most all of your shots will be awkwardly assembled groups, smiling for your phone. (Or you may resort to group selfies, to get yourself in the picture.) It makes for an unsatisfying occasion for you and, usually, pictures that don’t feel as special as the moments they were meant to document. As you can probably see, hiring a professional family photojournalist instead could create the same kind of stunning and intimate record of your event that is often only thought of for weddings.
A Home for Documentary Family Photographers
'At home in your home' -FPJA
Find your own Family Photojournalist
Browse through our listings to find a family photojournalist whose portfolio of work already meets our high standards for professionalism and objectivity. They’ll be glad to help you figure out the kind of assignment you want them to perform to get the most authentic, the most beautiful and the most original images of your family, friends and fun.
If the above descriptions reflect your own experience and approach, please read the Join Us page for further information about the process and guidelines for membership in the Family Photojournalist Association. Many family photojournalists also work as wedding photojournalists, others work day jobs as editorial (news, sports or entertainment) photojournalists. But however you’ve arrived at your body of work, if you have a professional, online portfolio that shows your documentary style in family or event photography, we’d love to hear from you.