Canada Family Photographers

Documentary Family Photography for Canada, North America

Are you Ready to Schedule a Documentary Family Photo Session?

FAMILY COMES FIRST - Recently, some of our North America family photojournalists have communicated their readiness to work with families who are able to carry on with their normal life and who want it documented. Family Photojournalist Association professional members offer a distinct and natural style of unobtrusive photography that will capture genuine, candid moments of you, your children, and even extended family enjoying time together...everyone gets in the pictures and you will likely forget the photographer is even there.

The purpose of reportage family photography is to tell a story — your story. You will be able to feel the love that you have for one another in the images. You will see the beauty that results when you are not posed or directed by your photographer to sit in a contrived position and smile on command at the camera. The FPJA has an abundance of top-ranked, Canada family photographers who are available right now. Find yours today!

Map of FPJA Family Photographers Serving Canada

8 Available Documentary Family Photographers...

KIngston, Ontario Family Photographer Viara Mileva

I was born in Bulgaria, and have lived in the United Kingdom, Saskatchewan, Toronto, and the Netherlands. Before becoming a family photographer, I was a parenting scientist. I got a PhD, analyzing thousands of mothers playing with their babies and I learned to notice tiny changes in facial expressions, small movements, and family dynamics. These are important to my photography today. I now live on an acreage near Kingston, with my husband, three children, and a menagerie of animals. My days are spent with the crow of roosters out the window, while I drink ALL the coffee and spread the joy of loving your life, loving your real self, and being forgiving of yourself as a parent.

Member of the Wedding Photojournalist Association - WPJA Lifestyle Photojournalist
Montreal Family Photographer Anabel Burin of QC

Hi! I’m Anabel Burin, an Argentinean born, photographer, graphic designer and mom based in Montreal, Qc. I have worked as a professional photographer for over 8 years, I am passionate about my job and documenting families in an authentic way is my absolute favorite thing in the world. I chose to become a photographer and use this medium as a form of visual storytelling. My intention is to find the magic on what others consider mundane, the everyday details that are lost in the routine, the surprising in the ordinary and the deep significance found in the apparently insignificant. I am constantly playing with light, space, color and texture to narrate the story of my subjects with authenticity through my images. Hope you enjoy what you see and we get to work together to transform your special moment or your regular day into a lifetime memory...

Montreal Documentary Family Photographer Esther Gibbons

As a kid, I was a nerdy tomboy who devoured books and played kickball in the street. I used to page through my dad’s dusty old National Geographic magazines, falling in love with certain pictures. I would clip out my favourites with scissors and remix them as collages. … A marble statue jutting out of a black lava field. A boy with grimy hands holding a bouquet of radishes. A girl changing the oil under her pickup truck. A fisherman’s wrinkled grin. … I think looking through those pictures is when I first fell in love with photos. I didn’t start taking photos until I was an adult. While working as a French-to-English translator, I enrolled in an evening photography class for fun. And got hooked. I quit my day job in 2013 and now I spend my time meeting new people, shooting their weddings and making beautiful family photos. I offer photojournalistic style photography for families who want natural family photos that don’t involve posing. During day-in-the-life photo sessions, I follow you and take candid photos as your family spends the day together. This session can be as unique as your family. Make it your own by including activities that are part of your family’s story. You can include family routines like a favourite meal or a popular bedtime story. You can include the kids’ sports, a backyard play session or a family BBQ. You can include a special outing to a place you love to visit or simply stay in your cozy home all day. Documentary family sessions are longer than typical family portrait sessions. This allows the kids to become accustomed to my presence and play naturally. Grown-ups also usually need some time to relax in front of the camera. These longer sessions allow real moments to develop spontaneously. This way, your family’s unique personality can shine!

Member of the Wedding Photojournalist Association - WPJA Lifestyle Photojournalist
BW lifestyle portrait of Toronto family photographer Sandra-Lee Layden of Ontario, Canada

I'm a daydreamer, a music lover, a free spirit, a traveller and an open soul. I'm a proud wife, cat mama and former resident of Newfoundland's very own Hollywood - Dildo! You can bribe me to do just about anything with the promise of french fries or prosecco; and if you're looking for me at a party I'm the one on the floor giving belly rubs to the animals. I'm weird about John Mayer, vinyl records and vegan junk food. I'm bold, energetic, one of a kind and a profanity enthusiast. (It's the Irish in me) I spent my childhood dreaming about all the things I wanted to become but I quickly learned I can't sing a note to save my life, and my skills with instruments leave something to be desired. Being a pop star wasn't written in the stars for me, and I'm okay with that; I feel like a rockstar with a camera in my hands. When I'm not jumping on the bed during family & wedding shoots, you can catch me in the photo pit capturing some of your favourite musicians. I love working with people who are laid back and have an open mind. Those who are not scared to get their shoes dirty, hair messy and who have a passion for their loved ones. I crave authenticity. From camping overnight and hiking along a cliffside, to tiny inns and local breweries; I want to be right there having a blast right there with you! Voted 'Best Photographer' in The Scope's Best of St.John's 2011 & 2012 awards Voted 'Best Photographer' in The Overcast's Best of St. John's 2016 People's Choice Awards

Member of the Wedding Photojournalist Association - WPJA Lifestyle Photojournalist
Toronto family photography by Maggie Devereux of Ontario, Canada

I am a lifestyle and documentary family photographer based in Toronto, Ontario. My focus is on capturing the raw, fleeting moments in the lives of my clients and the beauty in their everyday. I always look for the beauty that is right in front of us, that we might not notice until we see it through someone else’s eyes. I capture the moments that when you look back on them years from now, will keep your heart full.

Chris Shum is a San Francisco based Family Photojournalist.

Ever since I was a teenager, I have always enjoyed taking pictures with the camera my dad passed onto me, capturing the things, people and places around me. In 2007, I decided to turn this passion of mine into my career. Since then I have been shooting weddings, engagements, special events, family, kids and babies. I love telling stories with my camera, and my pictures demonstrated my characteristic style and unique perspective, simple yet elegant. I take great pride to apply my skills and talent to document the important and precious moments of life of my clients into lasting fine art pictures. It gives me great satisfaction to be able to capture these memories for my clients so they can cherish a lifetime.

Member of the Wedding Photojournalist Association - WPJA Lifestyle Photojournalist
Sao Paulo documentary family photography by Cibele Barreto Mendes of Brazil

Hello, my name is Cibele, but you can call me Ci. I live in São Paulo with my family. I graduated in advertising at Mackenzie with a post-graduate degree in MKT in Lisbon, the city where I lived for ten years. I worked in the marketing area for a long time, but it was with motherhood that I discovered my true vocation: being a photographer. We are a family-owned and operated business. I usually say that motherhood brought me three great passions: Clara, João, and Fotografia. Every mother is a little photographer of her children, isn't she? The desire to photograph my children daily, in everyday scenes with natural light, took me to another world and opened up the possibility of facing Photography as art - photographing as an act of love. The curiosity for the photo has increased over time, my professional life has changed since then. I became a mother and rediscovered myself through the sensitive photographic record and attentive to the details that surround us. Today I have this privilege, which is to give families a little of my view of their world. After all, I think I'm a storyteller too.

Canada Outdoor Family Photography

Even in an age of restrictions and limitations, you can safely enjoy a photoshoot in an outdoor location with small groups of people or families. Your FPJA Canada family photographer can easily capture candid moments of the kids playing and interacting from a safe distance. These days, outdoor sessions are often the best option for sincere photographs, because people of all ages feel more comfortable and relaxed while they are outside and unrestricted. In these large, open spaces, you and your family can simply spend time together doing your typical routine while your photographer focuses on the art of storytelling.

Canada Day in the Life Picture Sessions - DITL

There is something appealing about the imperfections in an ordinary day. The best gift that you can give your family now and in the years to come is the investment in authentic photographs that showcase a real day in your life. These stress-free sessions, designed to capture the realness and honesty of an average day for your family, produce the most genuine images, and these are the ones that you will cherish for years to come.

Canada Birth Sessions at Home or Hospital

The birth of your child is an experience that is filled with both beauty and chaos. It’s a moment in time that you won’t want to forget, yet it’s an experience in which the details may fade away in the coming weeks, months and years. To capture the first moments in which you meet your baby and those first special hours together, you should enlist the help of a Canada documentary birth photographer. An experienced family photographer who specializes in documentary birth sessions will be able to capture your labor journey, the birth experience and the immediate reaction that you have when you see your baby’s face for the first time — all while respecting your space. The right photographer will be able to use discretion while focusing on the fleeting moments that you will want to remember from your birth experience. Whether you plan to give birth at home or at the hospital, you can book a documentary birth session with a professional reportage-style birth photographer.