North America Family Photographers

Documentary Family Photography for North America,

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FAMILY COMES FIRST - Recently, some of our 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 documentary 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, North America family photographers who are available right now. Find yours today!

Map of FPJA Family Photographers Serving North America

50 Available Documentary Family Photographers...

Atlanta family photography by Benjamin Lipford of Georgia

My passion is the capture your favorite moments in life and tell the stories that surround them. Maybe your favorite moments are going on epic adventures and exploring new wonders with the family. Or maybe your favorite moments are playing the in the backyard with the kiddos. Or perhaps your favorite moments are the quite moments just before bedtime. It's in those favorite moments when your life truly happens—not in the uncomfortable (and sometimes stressful) staged photos you're probably used to. That's why I'm dedicated to providing a stress-free experience and authentic photographs that shine of who you are, and not just what you look like.

New Hampshire family photographer Danielle MacInnes

I’m a salty New Englander with a strong drive to photograph families who embrace ALL the moments in life, not just the smile pretty for the camera ones we're so used to seeing on our Instagram feeds. It's pure joy to show families that the messy, crazy, unpredictable, and seemingly mundane moments that happen in their daily life truly are worthy of documenting and preserving. My own everyday ordinary is typically loud, chaotic, and punctuated by strong coffee (and some creative cursing) due to the 3 kids my husband and I are attempting to raise into decent humans. They drive us totally crazy most days, and I'm pretty sure they're going to start an underground fight club, but we're much more interesting because of them. Trust me. I enjoy inappropriate shenanigans, deep belly laughter, and whiskey. I have a slight font addiction and a serious fascination with sharks. I am moved by live music, handwritten notes, and a properly strung sentence (don’t get me started on knowing the difference between your and you’re). I am very afraid of clowns and animals dressed as people. I’ve made a ton of mistakes in my life but won't allow the word "regret" in my lexicon. Above all, there is nothing more important to me than family: the one I came from, and the one I made. My photography has been featured in publications such as Falmouth Magazine, Cape Cod Magazine, Boston Globe Magazine, Spectrum Inspired Magazine, and numerous other online blogs and editorials.


San Francisco family photography by Nick Otto of California

Hi All! I am photojournalist dedicated to telling the story of your family through genuine, moment driven photographs that will stand the test of time and be enjoyed by your family for generations to come. I'm a San Francisco based photographer who, for over a decade, has spent most of my time covering news worthy events both big and small. Before San Francisco I was based in China. I've always been drawn to defining moments and the light that surrounds them. I've worked for newspapers and magazines spanning 6 continents as well as leading global companies and NGO's. Some notables being The Washington Post, The San Francisco Chronicle,The Associated Press, The NBA, U.N.H.C.R. and The W.H.O. There is something inherently different about the way photojournalists see the world. I think bringing this unique view and moment driven photography to families truly creates images that people can enjoy for generations to come.

Member of the Wedding Photojournalist Association - WPJA
Lifestyle portrait of Joplin family photographer Darcie Silvers - Missouri FPJA

My passion runs deep for families. For my family and yours. Documentary Family Photography helps me tell the story of families from all kinds of walks of life. I love the idea that years down the road the story of our family is still being told through images. I love graphic design, road trips, hotel stays, Netflix binges, tacos, and Jesus. Let me help you tell your family story!

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
Family Photojournalist Ron Storer covering Seattle, Washington

Ron is a family photographer based out of the Northwest. He has been married to his wonderful friend, Neesie, for nearly the past 29 years and they have two amazing boys; Grant and Torey. 15 years ago, Ron Storer worked on a freelance basis with non-profit Organizations doing relief work around the globe. Now on occasion Ron still assists NPO's when possible and as his schedule allows. Prior to his photography career, Ron Storer raced on the US Cycling Team earning a Gold Medal in the Pan-Am Games and a Silver Medal in the Olympic Trials.

Member of the Wedding Photojournalist Association - WPJA Lifestyle Photojournalist
Connecticut Family Photographer - Anna Holden

Hey there! Anna here! Are you looking for family photos that are DIFFERENT from all the rest? Are you tired and just plain bored with the same old, same old when it comes to family photo sessions? Done with worrying that you’re going to be 15 minutes late and miss your entire session? Are you over the headaches associated with family portraiture? Making everyone cooperate and smile until their lips quiver uncontrollably? Wanna jump OFF the bandwagon??!! Documentary family photography may be just what you need!! I create ARTWORK from your every. freaking. day. Just your typical, run-of-the-mill, crazy a*s day. Seriously. No posing, just living! It’s fun, it’s easy, and it’s REAL. No fake bullsh*t. No awkward smiles. My favorite? No dressing up! Funny story — I hired a documentary family photographer for our vacation with extended family at the beach in CA this year. Yeah, my 5 year old son legit wore his pajamas the entire time we were at the beach... so did my mom?! And you know what? I treasure those pictures. Those are the kinda memories I want to look back on. The kind of memories I want to blow up and hang on my walls and fill our family photo albums with. Why? Because family photojournalists (another term for documentary family photographers) capture photos that highlight your family members’ unique personalities and showcase the beauty and nuances of the many relationships within your family, including beloved pets. Looking back through your photos from a day-in-the-life session allow you to relive that day with astonishing emotion and detail, even years later. This is why ALL my sessions include credit toward heirloom quality print products of YOUR choice... so you can relive and pass down albums and prints from your happiest days (not just outdated and possibly corrupt digital files). Sound interesting??!! If you want to talk more about what I can do for you, feel free to reach out so we can schedule a call or meetup!

Madison, WI family photojournalist Jen Lucas

I am a family documentary photographer located in Madison, Wisconsin. I'm also a mom to three boys--now entering teen & pre-teen years--with a deep connection to seeing and capturing what we miss in those young, early days. It's such a cliche to say it all goes so fast, but as we wind down on sweet nightly tuck-ins and add in far more nights at the dinner table with someone missing due to sports or clubs here, I hone in on fleeting moments everywhere. There is no announcement the last time your child reaches for your hand to cross the street or last time you're cleaning up spilled milk from an excited pourer--among countless other moments that define these years.

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
Southern California is home to Ventura based documentary family photographer Loren Haar

I am a Southern California natural light, documentary-style photographer, which just means I’m a storyteller, capturing your everyday life and times in images. For me, it is all about authentic imagery that represents who you are. I’ve always been one to document, but my love of photography really blossomed with the birth of our first child. I inherited my first DSLR camera, which I enjoyed, but it wasn’t until a friend taught me how to use the manual mode that I realized pointing and shooting play a very small role in creating a compelling image. So my quest began: to make images — creatively and expertly — that move the viewer. Soon after, I had life changing moments to document: our 2nd daughter’s cleft palate surgery and bringing our son home from the hospital for the first time. But I have realized what I enjoy most is capturing the little things: how she cocks her head when she pushes her palms into the play dough, or how he clambers up onto a bike that is way too big for him. For me, the joy of capturing a moment beautifully and memorably is the most exciting part of photography. I would love to share this gift with you, to come together for a time and create a collection of images that bring you just such joy.

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...

Portrait of California and Los Angeles family photographer Tiffany Luong

I believe that the best stories are the ones that are true, told with energy, genuineness, humor and a little bit of poetry. I am a documentary family photographer and mother to a toddler. Also having been an elementary school speech therapist means I am extremely observant and patient, acutely aware of mischief, and constantly dealing with situations bursting with hilarity, chaos and sticky hands & hugs. This photography business came from an intersection of so many different aspects of my life – my love for traveling and subsequently, being invited into peoples’ homes; my fascination with National Geographic stories; my research into my grandparents’ immigration history; my interest in all things behind-the-scenes. When I discovered family documentary photography, it’s like all these pieces clicked from these seemingly disconnected sources and allowed me to do everything simultaneously – live alongside people in a day in their life; create heirlooms for families so that grandchildren wouldn’t have to work so hard to know where they came from; to make personal documentaries for people who might never appear in National Geographic but have still lived a life worth living.To me, documenting the everyday in this way is like receiving permission to draw stories out of strangers, and to create family photographs reflecting life itself: a series of interactions that make up the totality of a human life, much more than the words that make up a story, the cascade of moments making up your day that deserve to be documented, and the sense of "home" and the love that surrounds you daily. I think our world has been very loud about how we/our children should be (act/look/behave), and through my experience shooting 200+ families, I have found that the perfection that the family portrait strives for is typically attained after a sweaty stressfest. If you are looking for an alternative, I believe that family photojournalism is all about authenticity and unreluctant vulnerability, and being able to remember how you felt (exasperated, relieved, joyful, expectant, or like you love your kids so fiercely you feel like your heart is going to burst) instead of how you wanted to look (sorry Pinterest!). When not photographing families and small businesses, you can find me trying to Konmari my tiny house, chasing my toddler, being a first class navigator to my husband on a family road trip, or looking for local gems in pockets of Los Angeles.

Lifestyle Photojournalist
Florida family photography by Samantha Moore of Sarasota

Hi, I'm Sam: a photo-taking, baby-making, adventure-seeking mama + photographer. For my "Real Life Family" sessions, I prefer to ditch the park setting and capture your family as you REALLY ARE. I offer both "Breakfast" and "Bedtime" sessions, where I shadow your crew for a few hours either first thing in the morning, or last in the evening, to capture the details of your world and the moments that make up your days. Let's trade in the matching outfits on the beach for pajamas with a side of morning cuddles and teeth brushing, or dinner time chaos and bedtime stories. Or invite me along for your day at Disney or fishing in the Keys! Come home from vacation with a souvenir that really brings back the memories and keeps them for safe keeping. I'm a mother of two myself, and nothing we own means more to me then our family albums: easily the first thing I'd grab on the way out if the place was on fire. Those albums begin at birth, and there are few things like the honor of taking someone's very first portrait. I've had the joy of supporting women in labor and documenting the last leg of their journey to meeting their new babies. There's nothing like it. Before becoming parents, my husband and I specialized in destination wedding photography and have had the pleasure to document wedding celebrations all over the United States, the Bahamas, and into Europe. Beyond photography, I love being a mom and a wife, gardening, decorating, dancing, traveling, sewing, clean sheets, dinner parties, snow boarding, camping, IPAs, hiking, and that tingly feeling when you first get into a hot bath. I love great late-night conversations that dig deep, karaoke in dive bars where people are performing like they're on the verge of a midlife crisis, and the rush of Christmas mornings. And I'd love to connect with fresh families that dig my style and would like to document their families.

Member of the Wedding Photojournalist Association - WPJA Lifestyle Photojournalist
Portrait of Julie Ambos -  Florida family photography in Key West

Julie's fascination with photography started early. Hanging in her family home were two side-by-side portraits: one of her sister, perfectly coiffed and surrounded by carefully arranged stuffed animals; and one of Julie, tangled hair, one sock falling down and struggling to put on a pair of shoes. Julie passed those photos every day until the idea that people and character should be in photographs was as second nature as bee-bopping to ’80s music. Fast-forward fifteen years and you will meet a self-made, successful, award-winning artists who, despite her interest in all visual mediums, has devoted herself exclusively to candid moment driven photojournalistic photography in Key West, Florida. Below the bubbly surface that will charm, is a serious professional and incredible artist.

Member of the Wedding Photojournalist Association - WPJA Lifestyle Photojournalist
Chicago, Illinois Family Photographer Laurie Peacock

I love capturing pure, unfiltered joy. I love emotion. I thrive seeing relationships and their special intricacies that make the people in them tick. I love belly-flopping, hair-raising adoration. A sudden intake of breath. I love light reflected in eyes, especially children’s eyes. I love capturing the split second before a person suppresses an unexpected feeling that they feel too embarrassed to share. I love creating a safe environment where people can truly be the best version of themselves. I love to encourage relationships and help people create new memories together, which they will always cherish. I want to see the connection between people. Images that say more than “this is what they are doing”…a moment in which we can all relate to on some higher level. My camera unlocked a language within me that I had always understood but never knew how to speak. I can finally express all the little things I noticed around me. Can’t see what I see? Here, let me show you in this photo. I get all emotional thinking about what made me fall in love with photography: the ability to record these indelible moments to remind you that you actually lived. You loved. You were loved.

Lifestyle Photojournalist
Annie Bang is a Family Photojournalist from Los Angeles.

I studied Journalism in college and I once was an international journalist based in Seoul. Both my academic and professional backgrounds have influenced my documentary and photojournalistic family and wedding photos. And those timeless and priceless photos define who we are and nothing makes me more thrilled than documenting our lives as they are. Life is a series of moments, and those moments are fleeing away from us instantly; that is why photography is incredibly powerful and important to our lives, and I feel extremely honored to be part of every moment. I do what I do, coming from my heart, passion and love.

Member of the Wedding Photojournalist Association - WPJA
Washington DC family photographer Ana Elena Alvarez

One day I found myself between posed portraits, which I felt kind of faked and did not reflect my style, and documentary photography, which captures real family moments but sometimes feels too dark or too raw. So, I created my own style of photography. An unscripted relaxed photography, with a clean beautiful edit. I've been a professional photographer for several years and I have had the honor to be part of several family celebrations and special moments. Since the moment I transformed my business into documentary photography, I've never been happier. The individuals and families I photograph are more than clients, they are true connections, and I am privileged to be part of their lives. I’m truly lucky, I have the best customers, I really do!

New Jersey Family Photography by Melissa Ludwig

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 skillset, 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 the family 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 when we're bogged down by the day to day rat race. 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 are huge moments—a tear dop on their child's face. A strawberry stain on their shirt. The way they tie their 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 of them.

Boulder family photography and portraits by Bonnie Sizer of Colorado

Bonnie is a Scottish word for beautiful. Having this name has encouraged me to see the beauty in everything. Born and raised in Boulder, CO, I’ve always had a travel bug and a passion for art. I specialize in outdoor portraits using natural and staged lighting. My editing style is bold and vibrant. You’ll find that my client interactions and photography reflect the high value I place on family, honesty, intelligence (I am a Ravenclaw after all), and humor. My other roles include: Denver Comic Con volunteer, luckiest wife in the world, and dog momma.

Member of the Wedding Photojournalist Association - WPJA Lifestyle Photojournalist
Anthony Thornton is a San Francisco based documentary family photographer.

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. To learn this new craft, I studied (and continue to!) the masters and assisted as many photographers as possible. While freelancing for publications in Colorado I eventually became a staff photographer for the Vail Daily, where my images were also published in other outlets including The New York Times and Food & Wine Magazine. Today, I'm a beardless freelancer living in San Francisco and specialize in making people look and feel like themselves.

Washington DC documentary family photography by Natasha Lamalle

My focus is on small moments between friends and lovers, the split seconds of joy, intimacy, and authenticity that deserve to be memories but are often missed by more classic photographers. I let my work provide a window into the most meaningful moments of your family and/or wedding, those that you’ll witness and those that you won’t, and I celebrate your journey beyond. As a photojournalist, I have won many international photo competitions, and have been selected for many collective exhibitions in Paris, Great Britain, and Finland. My personal work is an important part of my photography skills.

Member of the Wedding Photojournalist Association - WPJA Lifestyle Photojournalist
Lifestyle Portrait of Outer Banks, NC Family Photographer Brooke Mayo

In addition to a fine arts degree in photography, I have trained with world-renowned portrait and dance photographers from Australia to New York City. I have recently been featured in international publications such as Grace Ormonde, Bride Magazine and the Knot and have received numerous awards from The Wedding Photojournalist Association. In 2010 I wrote a book, "Diving Doggies: A Celebration of Play Underwater" and in 2014 "Shake, Rattle and Shoot: The Business of Baby Photography." In 2018 we released a book, "Pigwrecked," photographed by Brooke Mayo and Illustrated by Candace Owens.

Meg Brock is a Philadelphia family photographer in PA

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.

Member of the Wedding Photojournalist Association - WPJA Lifestyle Photojournalist
Portrait of Pennsylvania family photographer Amber Roy

I have an M.Ed. in Youth and Family Education and spent many years working in the human service field but today I spend my days as a stay-at-home mother of three. Although I enjoy the fancy occasion to dress up, I live my life in comfortable clothes, usually including an elastic waistband. I love my curly hair yet it’s often pulled back in a bun in less than a minute each morning. I focus on connection and relationships, not the details of hair and makeup. After all, beauty shines its brightest through love. My goal is to capture your life honestly. 20 years from now I want you to look at the photos and film I make for you and remember what this phase of life felt like. That includes the messy, hard, and imperfect parts of it. I strive to capture memories, not images.

Montana Family photojournalism by David Clumpner of Missoula.

Hi, I'm David! I'm a documentary family photographer who believes in real, raw, and emotional photography. My Day in the Life sessions are 24 hours long so we are sure to capture every subtle moment from waking up to getting tucked in. Childhood is so fleeting so let's save it for you and them forever!

Member of the Wedding Photojournalist Association - WPJA Lifestyle Photojournalist
Korri Crowley is a Family Photojournalist from Boston

When my son Teddy chose me to be his Mama, everything changed. I became more patient, more kind, more silly, more giving and WAY more aware of how fleeting and special our lives truly are. As I grew as a mother I also grew as an artist and every day I seek to capture the love, laughter, and human connection that make up our lives.

Member of the Wedding Photojournalist Association - WPJA Lifestyle Photojournalist
Documentary family photography in New Jersey by Adena Stevens

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.

Member of the Wedding Photojournalist Association - WPJA Lifestyle Photojournalist
New York based documentary family photojournalist, Danielle Gardner.

I love my family, photography, nature and yoga. I've been a photographer for 15 years. I worked as a photojournalist and multimedia photographer for Sun-Times Media in the Chicago area for six years and I've been photographing weddings and families for ten. My work has been recognized by the National Press Photographer's Association, Women in Photojournalism, Editor and Publisher, Illinois Press Photographer's Association, Illinois Press Association and Illinois Associated Press. I have a master's degree in environmental studies. I live in the Capital Region of Upstate New York with my husband and six-year-old son.

Member of the Wedding Photojournalist Association - WPJA Lifestyle Photojournalist
Lifestyle portrait of Des Moines Family Photographer Mark Cluney

Above all else, I'm a storyteller: documenting moments. I emphasize the authentic. Timeless, classic, true; I aim far more towards showing your connections and love than any current trend in photography. I want to connect with you beyond "style"….photography or otherwise. I want to meet you. I want to know you! And, really, I need that to get the kinds of images I want to give you. The best photographs come when you're willing to let me into your story. I won't pose you to get the perfect photo…the perfect photo is going to come from your connections with each other. Letting me in on that connection is what creates a meaningful, timeless image.

Member of the Wedding Photojournalist Association - WPJA Lifestyle Photojournalist
Jacob Hannah loves VT Family Photojournalism and spent six years working as a newspaper photojournalist

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.

Member of the Wedding Photojournalist Association - WPJA Lifestyle Photojournalist
Jared Lindsay - DFW Texas family photographer

As a father of 3 I know how crazy parenthood is. I also know how fast time goes by and how important it is to record those fleeting moments that make up this wild thing we call 'life'. That is why I feel, more strongly then ever, that it is very crucial to be as unobtrusive as I can be when making photographs of families so that I do not interrupt those moments that make this whole thing worthwhile and precious. Documenting those moments is not just for you, the parent, but more so for your children - for them to have an honest record of how your life and family really were... in all it's chaotic glory!

Member of the Wedding Photojournalist Association - WPJA Lifestyle Photojournalist
Vermont is home to documentary style family photographer Megan Hannah

I live in the small town of Lincoln, Vermont, with my husband, two cats, and a rambunctious flock of backyard chickens. Since moving to Vermont in 2012, I have photographed over 100 weddings. My husband and I work together, photographing weddings in a documentary style allowing you to relive your wedding day through your images. Besides photography, I am inspired by nature - I love taking a walk in the woods, going for a hike, or going for a swim on a hot summer day in the nearby river.

Member of the Wedding Photojournalist Association - WPJA Lifestyle Photojournalist
Cliff Etzel - Eugene, Oregon Documentary Photographer

My role is to be the observer, the curator of visual moments. I’m not there to make moments, I’m there to capture them. My name is Cliff Etzel and I’m a Pacific Northwest regional award-winning photojournalist specializing in family, wedding, and end of life documentary photography. My passion to document the lives of everyday people is inspired by the works of William Albert Allard, David Burnett, David Alan Harvey plus many others and my passion hasn’t diminished even after all these years. A photograph to me needs to show an element of humanity and I believe I photograph “people being people”. I’m passionate about what I do for my clients and I’m constantly searching for those unfolding moments that shows deep empathy for my subjects, documenting the topics of birth, death, day to day family life, celebrations, homelessness, small-town life, and other aspects that are a part of the human experience. I prefer to shoot stills (my true passion – especially in black and white), but I can also shoot video, record audio and utilize text and other interactive content for imparting information. Most of all, what I bring to your project is compassion, sensitivity, and experience as a documentary photographer and storyteller with over 30 years of professional working experience. When I’m done with your project, what you’ll have is a story. Your story.

California and San Francisco are home to family photojournalist Douglas Despres

I love photographing family energy... been doing it in the documentary feel for 17 years. Family sessions are one of the most cherished things for my camera. As proof, despite nearly two decades as a pro, and being published from music albums to museums, my most cherished honor in the medium is an image of my late Uncle Ron, on the front cover of his funeral program. It captures a wily smirk and was made at a large family gathering one sunny Summer day in New Hampshire. It meant the world to be surprised with that. The natural moments of connection of your family, through big open hearts, is what I'm after. It's a mix of documentary, lifestyle and fine art. It's real. It's slow and soft or loud and crazy... it's everything. The goal is to become one of your family photographers through life, one session at a time. Often we'll put something physical that you already share together as a family. Could be cooking. Could be basketball or surfing or soccer or skiing. You enjoy, and I'll document the magic. For more of my history and accolades, please head on over to my website.

Member of the Wedding Photojournalist Association - WPJA Lifestyle Photojournalist
Atlanta Family Photographer Kristin Watkins

Hi, y'all! Here's the deal. I don't like posed. I don't like dressed-to-impress. I don't like fake smiles. What do I like? Real-life. Natural interactions. Sweet moments of everyday life. I'm the mom of four kids. As they've grown up, I've found value in the little interactions. I know it can be hard to open up your crazy, messy life to a stranger, but I promise you that it will lead to photos that will remind you of this time in your family's life. It's amazing all the little things you can miss as you go throughout your busy day, but if I'm there I can help you hold on to those special times, secret glances, and funny moments. Give me a call - I'd love to get to know you and what's special about your family.

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
Manhattan and NYC are favorites for family photojournalist Casey Fatchett

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.

Member of the Wedding Photojournalist Association - WPJA Lifestyle Photojournalist
Kentucky Family Photography by Joan Pruden

I'm tired of fake, counterfeit images of lives on social media. Aren't you? As a photographer, I am drawn to the realness of life in all its raw beauty. My family means everything to me, and I know yours means everything to you too. Still, it's so easy to see the perfectly scripted moments others choose to show us of their lives on the internet and wish our lives were as together as theirs. With my camera, I tell true stories. I seek to highlight the value families have just being themselves in a culture where everyone wants them to be anything but authentic. If all your children ever see on your walls are pictures of them on their best behavior in matchy clothes they would never choose to wear on their own, what message are you sending? Instead, fill your walls with their authentic, raw, unruly, radiant selves and fill their hearts with the bold truth that you love all of them... every moment of every day. My name is Joan Willow and I am a wife, homeschooling parent, photographer, and writer. I am also a full-time biology student! I wear many hats... but my favorite hat is the one I have worn for over 15 years - Mother. I know full well how fleeting childhood is. It has been the bittersweet joy of my life to watch my baby sons grow up into young men before my very heart. With my camera, I am able to freeze time so that I can relive every real moment of it all. I enjoy helping families preserve those everyday moments too. I'd love the opportunity to tell your story through images I know you will cherish for the rest of your life.

Family Photojournalist Sarah Kang of San Francisco, CA

Sarah Kang is a professional family photographer whose love of photography began decades ago with her first course in darkroom development. She has a unique eye and sense of anticipation that translate into her beautifully honest and emotional photographs. Sarah graduated from Brown University and studied photography at the New York Institute of Photography. Aside from photographing families, she loves to travel and salsa dance. Sarah currently lives in San Francisco with her husband and son.

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.

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
Sao Paulo Family Photographer Karoline Saadi

Better known as Tia Karol, a gaucho resident in Ribeirão Preto, I'm in love with the world of mothering and photography since 2011. I can't talk about my profession, not to mention my family, who really demonstrates who I am, and that makes me admire to register the daily life. The smile of everyday life, the jokes, the learning phases, all teach me so much and change my gaze as a photographer day after day. My goal is to be able to photograph each family in their individuality, their personality, that the essence is recorded in a timeless way. I want the smiles to be repeated year after year, the moments to be relived as I look at an image I could have the happiness of making, as I smile when I see the happiness of my family. And with all this love, for families and photographs, I want every person who passes through my lens to become part of this circle of affection as well. May friendships are cultivated, stories shared, and everything is done with love and simplicity. With love!

Istanbul Family Photographer Ufuk Sarisen

I am a documentary wedding and family photographer who lives in Istanbul and Izmir but can shoot anywhere in the world. I guess that having the flexibility of traveling also stems from the fact that; I am a travel and documentary photographer. I have worked in photography committee of travel, geography and culture magazine Atlas which is published in Turkey and Europe for a long time and I have photographed and written my themes. Apart from that, I also worked for a while as a photo editor for Skylife magazine. I took photos for many magazines and newspapers. I did editorial shootings for numerous magazines and newspapers. I think these different fields that I came to grips with in past enabled me to look at wedding and family photography from different angles.

Member of the Wedding Photojournalist Association - WPJA
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.

Liguria Documentary Family Photographer, Sabrina Losso

Mom of twins and professional photographer since 2006, I live in the North of Italy, near to Portofino and Cinque Terre, where I run a photographic studio that specializes in newborn, kids and families. The Story Teller project is born to suit the needs of families to have a different kind of session, to create for them memories of their real everyday life. I speak Italian, English and French. Our lives are so busy, there are millions things to do in our everyday life check list, we run so fast that sometimes we don’t even remember to breath. I ask you to stop for a while, to take an entire day only for your family, to realize how lucky you are to live this crazy beautiful life. I will follow you for 24 hours, documenting with my camera all the spontaneous moments that make your family life so special and let you realize how precious it all is.

Clara Sampaio, Brazil birth photographer of RJ families

I am Clara Sampaio, I photograph for passion and love my profession. Since I've changed architecture for wedding photography and family, I can say that I'm part of a select group of people who work with what they really like, and that makes all the difference. The language of my work is guided by photojournalism and most of the time I photograph the moments as they actually happen. I seek the truth of each couple's feelings to tell their love story with pictures.

Member of the Wedding Photojournalist Association - WPJA Lifestyle Photojournalist
Valencia Spain Family Photographer Antonio Calatayud

I have always been passionate about cinema and since childhood, I was clear that I wanted to devote myself to audiovisual art. Hanging from a camera wherever I went, I decided that I wanted to dedicate myself professionally to my passion. I enrolled in Audiovisual Communication to acquire knowledge and become a specialist in different languages: photography, cinema, videos, multimedia, television, and radio. During the last years of my career, I launched myself into the world of work and began to work in films as "meritorious decoration." It was an interesting job because of my passion for cinema, but the decoration was not my thing, so I started to alternate different jobs as an edition and camera assistant. In 2004 I graduated and at the time I had the possibility, I took a camera and started recording and working as a camera operator. It was what I really liked and where I was going to put all my effort. During my professional career, I have worked with many producers, making fiction, advertising, corporate and programs. From each and everyone, I draw a valuable experience.

Member of the Wedding Photojournalist Association - WPJA
Brazil and Rio de Janeiro are home to family photographer Bruno Montt

Hello! I'm Bruno and I love helping families to collect their memories. I'm from Rio de Janeiro / Brazil but I'm a destination photographer. My passion for photography began as photographed, seeing me in the old family albums and trying to relive all those moments. That deepened when I graduated in Visual Arts 10 years ago. The power of a keepsake is something that makes my eyes shine and providing this is very rewarding. I'm in the photographic industry for some years, which allowed me to photograph families, births, weddings, teach workshops and win some awards. Want to know more? Get in touch :)

Member of the Wedding Photojournalist Association - WPJA Lifestyle Photojournalist
Panama Family Photographer Ruben Parra

Ruben Parra is an award-winning wedding and portrait photographer, his ability to tell the perfect story through still imagery is unmatched. Ruben is passionate about celebrating the most momentous days of life by capturing each precious moment with beautiful, emotional, bold, highly-detailed photography. A member of Professional Photographers of America, Family Photojournalist Association, and the Wedding Photojournalist Association, he’s had the immense opportunity to capture weddings, special events, and portraits all over the United States, Latin America, and the Caribbean. Most importantly, Ruben cares about the unique needs and wishes of every client. He’s willing to do whatever it takes to ensure your special day is memorialized with unmatched beautiful photography.

Member of the Wedding Photojournalist Association - WPJA Lifestyle Photojournalist

North America Outdoor Family Photography

Even in an age of restrictions and limitations, you can safely enjoy a photo shoot in an outdoor location with small groups of people or families. Your FPJA North America 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 laid back 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.

North America Day in the Life Picture Sessions - DITL

There is something beautiful 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.

North America 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 North America 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.