Documentary Family Photography for New York, United States
Nassau County, Long Beach, Hempstead, Glen Cove, Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse, Albany, Schenectady, Hudson Valley, NYC, Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan, Bronx, Staten Island
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FAMILY COMES FIRST - Recently, some of our United States 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, New York family photographers who are available right now. Find yours today!
Map of FPJA Family Photographers Serving New York
9 Available Documentary Family Photographers...
I seek to capture natural, authentic photos of my clients. For the last 20 years, I have worked with people from all walks of life to create images that truly reflect their personalities. My style evolved out of my own self-conscious nature. I didn't want my clients to feel uncomfortable or overly posed. I want to bring out the best of them and you! - With a background in physics, journalism, and the arts, he creates dynamic imagery that tells a distinct story to the viewer. He has shot for Fortune 500 companies, international publications, as well as hundreds of individual clients in his 20 years of experience. - His work has appeared in such publications as the New York Times, People, New York Magazine, The Huffington Post, Professional Photographers of America, Rangefinder, and more. - His subjects include platinum-selling recording artists, hall of fame athletes, actors and actresses, CEOs, entrepreneurs, families, and even some furry friends.
Joyce studied fine art and photography at Syracuse University in New York, London, England and Florence, Italy. An artist. A photojournalist. An educator. A mentor. A dancer. A thought partner. A soulful person. A real-life storyteller capturing moments as memorable visual stories. Often it’s the small moments, the wordless reactions, which carry the most power. She captures natural moments that tell the story of your family in a playful and artistic slice of life photo session. The focus is on everyday moments and interactions including connections while engaging with one another. Sessions take place at home or at an outdoor location in the San Francisco Bay Area or Mendocino.
When I first started shooting, I was happy to photograph anything. It took a number of years for me to settle into what my passion would be. To find where my skill set and my eye would thrive —in life documentary. Over time I noticed the joy I'd feel after shooting a family for a few hours, or sometimes a whole day. Getting to know each member of their tribe. Seeing what they each enjoy doing, wearing, saying. Where they love going, and how they travel together. Keeping an eye on the little things that can sometimes often go overlooked. I think that's what people appreciate and that's why they hire me and sometimes hire me again. So I can freeze these thought-to-be small but in actuality huge moments—a tear dop on their child's face. A strawberry stain on their shirt. The way they tie their tiny little shoes. Nothing is forever, but this is the closest way to make sure special moments never die and I'm so grateful that I can do that for so many.
After growing up with drum sticks in my hands, I went to music school and earned a B.A. in jazz drumming. But in 2008 while studying abroad in Amsterdam, I discovered a love for photography. And in 2010 my focus completely shifted from music to image-making. I was originally drawn to photojournalism after seeing the New York Time's "One in 8 Million" project photographed by Todd Heisler. It's fascinating to me how a photographer can interact so closely with their subject and in doing so create a moving series of images about someone's life. Since then I knew I wanted to be a documentary photographer. After moving to the mountains of Colorado in 2011 I began freelancing for the Vail Daily newspaper in 2013. In 2014 they offered me a full time staff position. Photographing for the newspaper taught me how to visually tell a story, sometimes when you only have a few minutes. During my year at the paper my images were also published in other outlets including The New York Times and Food & Wine Magazine. In 2015 I moved to San Francisco and have been a freelancer here ever since. In recent years I've moved my client focus to documentary family photography because photographing candid, unposed moments is when I'm most comfortable behind the camera.
After graduating from nursing school, I spent two years working in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at the prestigious Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Feeling a strong call and desire to help others, in June 2007 I left my job in Philadelphia. I took my first trip across the Atlantic Ocean and spent a year volunteering as a nurse in Monrovia, Liberia, onboard the world's largest non-governmental hospital ship, the Africa Mercy, with the medical charity, Mercy Ships. While in Liberia, I began writing about my experiences for several newspapers and magazines in the Philadelphia area. The editors needed images to illustrate my stories, so I ordered my first DSLR camera and began learning how to use it. I quickly realized the power and significance of an image. A single image could transcend distance, time, and situation, to communicate a thought, feeling, or emotion, that was universally recognized in the human experience.
My photography roots began with a career in photojournalism. I found immense joy getting to discover the communities I lived in while shooting for the local newspapers and having the opportunity to document people’s daily lives. That documentation of daily life is what I am now bringing to my portrait sessions – telling the stories of you and your family: Those every day simple things that we may take for granted. Those little moments that you will want to remember forever. The natural interactions of you with your family.
Influenced by a background in photojournalism, I strive to not only make beautiful and creative photographs of your family, but photos that capture the real emotion, candid moments, and unique personalities. After graduating from Rochester Institute of Technology in 2006 with a degree in Photojournalism, I spent six years as a newspaper photojournalist in New York and Nebraska, before moving back to my home state of Vermont where my wife and I have been photographing weddings and families since 2012.
I've contemplated long and hard every single day since I've picked up a camera about why I do what I do and what motivates me. I think about what it means to me and about what it means to other people. There are a few reasons, some have changed, some haven't. The few that drives them all are human connection, relationships, and vulnerability. I feel I have a responsibility to photograph present reality for the sake of human history and future nostalgia. It is very easy for me to connect with people, whether it be my clients or a stranger on the street. I love knowing that through my chosen medium I am able to gain new perspectives of this life, one person at a time. I feel honored and blessed to be able to wake up every morning and tell stories through photographs.
New York 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 New York 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 genuine photographs, because people of all ages feel more comfortable and casual while they are outside and unrestricted. In these large, open spaces, you and your family can simply spend time together doing your normal routine while your photographer focuses on the art of storytelling.
New York 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.
New York 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 New York 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.