North America Family Photographers

Photographers in North America for Family, Vacation, Birth

We take a documentary, real-life, real-settings approach to photographing your family’s daily events, outings, reunions or parties. And as documentary photographers, we’re not looking to pose your family 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!

Map of FPJA Family Photographers Serving North America

65 Available Documentary Family Photographers...

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
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
Portrait of Ontario family photographer Ang Waterton, of Canada

My work focuses on the joy and wonder that come with exploration and showing family members how they love and are loved by others. I listen more than I talk and find people completely fascinating, so I try to show this through my photos. Apart from being the owner of Moment.us Photography, I'm a wife, cook, traveler, bibliophile, and prosecco drinker, and I'm a master at rationalising the decision to have cake for breakfast. I'm based in Cornwall, ON but have dual citizenship with the UK, and try to travel over there - and elsewhere - at least twice a year. My own love for exploring our world means that I'm drawn to making photos that show what happens when we engage with the people and the world around us. I shoot from the heart and try to show each of my families what the soul of their family looks like through allllll the mood swings of childhood. I dig families who show tenderness and glee, but also mischief - it's not uncommon to hear me giggling quietly behind my camera while someone gets themselves into trouble. Parents with wry humour and a realistic outlook on what it's like to survive the chaos of childhood while their children run around in mismatched (or absent) clothes? They're my favourite. Parenthood is TOUGH. So, I try to honour parents by showing them compassionate and humorous little reminders of the fact that they're doing their best to keep their tiny (and not-so-tiny) humans alive and every day.

Casie Zalud is a Boulder, CO family photographer.

I believe in preserving unfiltered moments of today so you can relive them in the future. I had no idea I would love being a mother until I became one. I believe less is more when it comes to TV, processed food and being perfect. Have kids, still travel. Passing my wanderlust onto my wee one is at the top of my list. Dancing is as normal to me as walking, especially if it is in the kitchen during meal prep time. Riding a bike in a dress on date night is how I roll. My tiny human rocks her trike in a dress too. Eating a meal as a family is my favorite part of my day. Home cooked food is the way to my heart. I speak dog and my husband is trying to teach me to speak cat. I believe everyday unpolished life is beautiful.

Lifestyle Photojournalist
Connecticut Family Photographer - Anna Holden

Being a photographer and all, I thought it’d be fitting to start by giving you a glimpse into my life. Somewhat ironically, I’d never liked and/or purchased professional portraits of my children and family… until I discovered and fell in love with documentary family photography. I absolutely love documenting other peoples’ lives, and showing them the beauty in their everyday!!

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
Colie James is a Boulder CO documentary family photographer

I'm mother to a child who tests my boundaries every day, and wife to a man who drives me crazy. We live in one of the best places on earth; but my husband had to drag me here, kicking and screaming the whole way. This is me. The kind of person who can honestly say: You take your life into your own hands if you talk to me before I've had my coffee. The kind of person who never turns down a martini, Thai food, or dessert. Life is good. I'm in love with taking pictures of the good life—kicking and screaming included. My photographs are an extension of me, and you should know I've never been accused of being a quiet person. My camera loves people who make funny faces, hugs and kisses are a session requirement, and when someone throws a tantrum I click my shutter faster. If I laugh at an image while culling a session, no matter how bad it may be from a technical standpoint, it automatically goes into the editing queue. I want to see people's loud, their love, their life. Together, we make pictures that make them say: This is Us. Final note: I always hold a camera while I walk to my car because you never know what will happen. But you should know that in most cases I would rather eat glass than take pictures outside. #inhomesessionsforlife I offer in-home, hospital, and on-location storytelling newborn, maternity, and family lifestyle sessions. Additionally I offer documentary family photography workshops and am available for travel.

Lifestyle Photojournalist
Portrait of Pittsburgh family photographer Pamela Anticole - PA FPJA

Professional photographer for over 15 years, I believe in the importance of documenting family life candidly, authentically, skillfully, and with a story. Photographing families is in my heart. I do it for the kids, to leave them the legacy of their memories in print. I do it for the picture takers in each family, so they can also exist in their family history. And I do it for me, because I interact with the world through the lens of my camera, and I want to meet family after family after family. I would love to meet you!

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.

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Florida and Sarasota family photography by Samantha Moore

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.

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
Benjamin Lipford is a Georgia Family Photographer

If you were to pick one thing about your life that you love the most, what would it be? Maybe it's the way that special someone smiles when they think no one's looking or cuddles with your child before bedtime. Do you have photographs of those moments? If you don't, you're not alone. Our passion is to capture your favorite moments in life and to tell the stories that surround them. It's in those moments when your life truly happens—not in the uncomfortable (and sometimes stressful) staged photos you're probably used to. That's why we're dedicated to providing a stress-free experience and authentic photographs that shine of who you are, and not just what you look like.

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
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
British Columbia family photographer Bobbi Barbarich, of Canada

Your family means everything to you. You want to hold on to the fleeting moments that pass all too quickly. Tiny expressions that define who they are, the way they move their hands when they talk, how they play with each other and with you. Hello, I am Bobbi Barbarich, an award-winning photographer from Nelson BC. My work focuses on how to capture the essence of your family's relationships. While we might spend a few minutes creating a posed portrait, that's not why you'd hire me. You want images that will bring you back to this time in their tender infancy, their exuberant toddler curiosity, their awkward pre-teen years, their bodies as they morph into adults, and your parents as they begin to slow down. I grew up in northern Alberta, dreaming of a travel photographer's life as I meandered in wheat fields and tried to take pictures of bugs and barbed wire. I've now been a professional photographer for 10 years, attending college in Edmonton, Alberta and moving to Nelson BC thereafter to photograph people living their lives to the fullest. While I didn't grow to become a travel photographer, my curiosity about life and illustrating with my camera did lead me to something I feel is more important: the lives we live every day. Let me capture that for you, so you and your future generations can cherish it as you do.

Member of the Wedding Photojournalist Association - WPJA Lifestyle Photojournalist
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
Margaret Albaugh is a family photographer from Spokane, Washington

Photography for me is about more than just snapshots or pretty pictures. As my work has evolved and as I have evolved, I've realized my photography is about celebrating authenticity. For my client work, I celebrate the authenticity of real life, real parenting, and family. There is nothing more beautiful than what is real. As a mother, I learned to embrace the real - and the more I embraced it the more I loved it. I want my clients to feel that deep sense of joy and connection to themselves and to their families in the way I have experienced it within my own life. And I have been able to give that through photography. By photographing their real moments, I've been able to tell them they are enough. They don't need poses, props, or prompts - all they need is themselves to be present. When they put this artwork up on the walls, they reaffirm that message to themselves and to their children - they are enough. And I can't think of anything better to give a child. My hope is to capture moments that tell the story of someone's life, their family, or their business. I want my work to reflect not just who was there, but the feeling of that time. If you'd like to work with me, I'd love to chat. For a bit more about me - I'm a mother to two tiny humans, I have a wonderful husband, and I seem to be collecting cats as we have just gotten a third. I am a Game of Thrones addict, a movie buff, and I have major wanderlust. So let's go wherever your story takes us. ------- You may contact me for personal work or commercial work.

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.

 Logan Westom is a Washington family photographer.

This is why I cherish photographing families so much. Three years into photographing career a family member passed away unexpectedly. I was unable to attend his funeral due to a wedding I was booked to photograph. The day before the wedding and the day of the funeral I was scrolling through his facebook page looking at all of the photos people were sharing of him. I immediately saw the importance of these photographs to people like I had never seen before in my life. I told myself that when I shoot the wedding the next day I would keep this in mind and work as hard as possible to get the best possible photos of the couple, their family and friends. With this new purpose every family and every moment holds more weight in my heart than ever before. About six months later I found out that the father of the groom from that same wedding had passed away unexpectedly. Soon after hearing this the photos I had taken of his dad started to show up on Facebook. Again it was those photos that became super valuable to each couple and their most valuable way to look back on his dad’s life. These photos become the most valued possession. Reaffirming the mean of what I do the pictures I take. It is with this mindset that I approach each day in the life session and everything I do.

Member of the Wedding Photojournalist Association - WPJA Lifestyle Photojournalist
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.

Member of the Wedding Photojournalist Association - WPJA Lifestyle Photojournalist
Julie Smith is a Family Photojournalist from the Kansas City region.

Drink coffee, chase moments, tell stories. Repeat. We are a husband and wife team who are crazy about each other, best friends, passionate followers of Christ, lovers of all things coffee, history buffs, wannabe travelers – who got our first dose of the awesomeness that is photography back in 2007. We didn’t know this adventure was on the horizon, but when it hit, man… It hit us both pretty hard and we were HOOKED. Looking back, we could never have guessed where this journey would take us. The BEST part of this adventure is navigating it together, for sure. It may sound sappy, but we are best friends who spend every day together, and for us, it just works. Way back before photography, we had separate careers, separate schedules and it just wasn’t any fun. This is definitely better. We love to have fun. In fact, it’s going to be a requirement that you do, too. We think great things can be accomplished through good old-fashioned happiness. Moment driven photography is what we’re about. An authentic image, whether sweet or silly, happy or sad, is going to stir something in you every time you see it. And THAT is what we’re ultimately hoping for the opportunity to provide you. Real images, stirring images, beautiful images. Blessings, MIKE + JULIE

Member of the Wedding Photojournalist Association - WPJA Lifestyle Photojournalist
Phoenix Family Photography by Danielle Daigle, of Arizona

I have photographed everything from weddings, newborns, headshots, animals, and families. After YEARS of wearing all these hats, I realized my favorite part about all of these jobs was the photojournalistic aspect and documenting family relationships. I was much more interested in the honest moments that unfolded in front of me, rather than posing people for a traditional portrait. Once I realize family photojournalism sessions were an actual thing, I never looked back! Life is short and we should only do things that make us happy. Which is why I'm so grateful for every family that trusts me to document their life.

Quebec and Montreal are home to documentary family photographer Adeline Leonti

My career as a working photographer began when I was a journalist. It often occurred that I would abandon the pen in favour of the camera, in order to adequately express my need to tell stories through photos. I feel very privileged to ‘tell the story’ of memorable moments of your life, capturing all the beauty and authenticity of your environment, while enjoying the freedom of expression and creativity that I experience through photography.

Member of the Wedding Photojournalist Association - WPJA
 Indiana family photography by Jayne Rohlfing

My photography in two words: Connection seeking My photography in two sentences: I'm a connection-seeking photographer inspired by life. I shoot from the heart while capturing life as it unfolds. My photography in two paragraphs: A huge part of me is ridiculously passionate about documenting life. I have an educational background in journalism and design, which has given me the great opportunity of documenting life as I see it. Photography adds an even greater depth to that love. When I’m behind the lens, life slows down, details become clearer, memories stick. It centers me. It keeps me grounded. I want others to experience that too. I think sometimes it's easier for us to see the beauty in other people's lives. Even when we see their mess, ours always feels messier (at least for me). Maybe that's why I love to photograph families. Once they view the photos it's almost like they have an outsiders perspective of their family and they can step back and see the beauty through the mess. This beauty shows up in details often unnoticed, connection through laughter and tears, small glimpses into their everyday life they now realize they never want to forget. They begin to embrace the imperfection. And sometimes that's just what we need to get through the inevitable mess of life.

Phoenix Family Photographer, Jill McNamara - Arizona FPJA

Not a lot of kids know what they want to be when they grow up by the time they’re 16. I did. I spent so many hours in the darkroom, carrying strips of film from class, I think it was pretty obvious that I had found my true calling, my passion, my future career. I headed off to the University of Missouri (MIZ!) to attend their prestigious journalism school, and from there I headed into the world of newspapers. My husband, Michael‘s job brought us out to Phoenix over seven years ago, and I decided to give family photography a try. I’m so very glad I did. I love photographing families, their joy, laughter, their connections, and yes, even tantrums. Life, real life, is all of those things. Now I’m a mommy, too, and I understand even better how important it is to document your life, your everyday, ordinarily wonderful life.

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.

MT 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
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
Nick Otto is a San Francisco, CA based family photographer.

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
McKenzie Ring is a family photographer serving Nebraska and Omaha

I have been a family photographer and wedding photographer in the Omaha Metro area for 9 years! Preserving my own family's history is so precious to me that naturally, documenting them for other families is a genuine passion of mine. As a parent there is nothing more special than having images that remind you of your family as it is now...quirks, cries, laughs, and all. As a mom, seeing the photos of me and my son in our goofiest and quietest moments means everything, and I want you to have the same. They say you photograph what you love...I love life and my family...and I hope you can see that in my work. Learning to shoot with my heart and my gut...learning to see love in every form of a family is a specialty of mine. I'd love to document what your family's love looks like.

Member of the Wedding Photojournalist Association - WPJA Lifestyle Photojournalist
Washington DC documentary family photography by Natasha Lamalle

I was born in France in 1988 in the beautiful region of Burgundy. For three years now, I have been living in USA. Love brought me here and makes my life better and better every day. I have been taking pictures since I was a kid. I have started taking professional pictures ten years ago using my camera to tell stories with a journalism aspect. I now want to use my knowledge to photograph your wedding with my unique point of view on photography. Your love is a story and my job is to describe it through my photos. 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
San Francisco family photography by Anthony Thornton, of California

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.

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!

Wiscon based family photojournalist - Romulo Morishita

My experience with photography starts with a six-year-old boy holding up lights for his dad at a party. When we arrive home, my dad gives me his state-of-the-art Hasseblad camera's detachable back and teaches me to rewind the film. For me it was all fun, but what I didn't realize is that with my father's instructions, he was preparing me for my own future profession. I went to photography school at Focus in Sao Paulo, Brazil at the age of 16. And now, thousands of weddings, events, studio shots, aerial photos, and family photos later, this is still what I do and what I love. Ueda (pronounced "WAY-da") is the name my father chose to be his when he started his business as a Japanese man in Brazil over 50 years ago, and I am carrying it on now as a Brazilian man in the United States. My style is photojournalism. I enjoy the art of photography which lies in capturing the perfect moment when something beautiful is expressed: an emotion, a relationship, an idea. Romulo Ueda

Member of the Wedding Photojournalist Association - WPJA Lifestyle Photojournalist
Ruthie Hauge is a family photographer from Madison, Wisconsin.

Ruthie’s roots are in photojournalism and art. She received a scholarship to attend Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design, where she majored in photography and minored in drawing. She interned at the Irish Times Newspaper in Dublin, Ireland. Upon graduation, she launched her photography business and in 2006, was hired as a Staff Photographer by Sun-Times Media. There she worked for almost 7 years covering memorable events such as the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, the 2008 Olympic Trials for Track and Field in Eugene, Oregon, and Paul McCartney at Wrigley Field. During her tenure at Sun-Times Media, she earned 18 State and National Photojournalism awards. In the summer of 2012, Ruthie and her husband welcomed their first child, and she made the decision to give up her staff position to focus on her business and her new role as Mom. Ruthie and her husband now have two young sons and a huge cat. They try to live simply and enjoy outdoor recreation, live music, a good glass of wine and travel. In 2017, Ruthie and her family relocated from the Chicago area to Madison, WI. Before a long day of photography Ruthie's pre-game ritual includes 8+ hours of sleep, a burger, a playlist of Hall & Oates, and an iced white chocolate mocha. On assignment, Ruthie is usually doing whatever is necessary to get the best possible photo, whether it be sloshing through a ditch, balancing on the roof of a skyscraper, flying in a blimp or standing in a bathtub. She loves EVERY minute of it. Ruthie's goal is to go above and beyond for her clients while also capturing as much personality, life and storytelling in her images as possible.

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Omaha Family Photography by Janine Cooper

Janine has been photographing weddings and families in the Omaha area for 15 years! She is inspired by silly people, endearing mothers, and adorable grandpas. She is skilled in photographing people in their element and getting a good laugh out of just about anyone. You can often find Janine "swinging from the fences" to get her amazing shots...literally and figuratively. It's not uncommon for her to climb a tree or to the top of a car to where she needs to be. In Janine's "downtime" you can find her loving her husband and four kids, going on long runs, and laughing with her lady friends.

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Deborah Coleman is an Okland, California based family photojournalist with a newspaper background.

While I was in college, I was selected to work in the White House Photo Office during the Clinton administration. This experience taught me the delicate balance between capturing images and responding to ever-changing situations. After graduating college, I worked as a staff photographer at The Contra Costa Times (California), Fort Worth Star Telegram (Texas) and The Palm Beach Post (Florida). Being a newspaper photographer in different parts of the country taught me the importance of preparation, flexibility and having a sense of humor. No matter where I lived, I learned to be open-minded. My family photography work naturally followed my wedding photography business as clients started having babies. Through my wedding photography, I have grown close with many clients and they feel like family. I have continued capturing these growing families over the years, and for some, have become their “family documentarian.”

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New York City and the Bronx are home to family photojournalist,  Emin Kuliyev

Emin Kuliyev is an award-winning wedding photojournalist and family photographer. 2008 - Photographer of the year in the AG|WPJA. 2009 - Top 5 WPJA Photographer for 2009 2011 - Photographer of the year in the WPJA. 2012 - WPJA POY First Runner Up 2014 - Photographer of the year in the WPJA. 2014 - Photographer of the year in the AG|WPJA.

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Portland, Oregon Family Photographer Heidi Kramer

Hello! I am a photographer and digital storyteller based near Silverton, Oregon. I travel around the Pacific Northwest to document love and life. I make pictures every day. When I'm not working to document a client's event or family, I document my own. I live with my husband and our three daughters on our small vineyard, where we are learning to appreciate everything Mama Nature has to offer. Prior to our move to the vineyard (we're Wisconsin-ites at heart), I earned a BFA in photojournalism at the Rochester Institute of Technology. After working as a photojournalist in Kansas, Nebraska, and Washington and as the Manager of Multimedia at Pacific University, I started photographing weddings and families in 2009. I look for the quiet, subtle, funny and chaotic (as well as the beauty of course) with the intention of finding artfully composed, authentic moments.

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United States and Maryland family photojournalism by Fleur Gedamke

I love to photograph the freehearted, honest and unguarded moments. I try to capture joy. I also try to capture ‘realness’, which is not always picture-perfect. I prefer (I am more comfortable) shooting in natural light with limited posing and props. My passion is to photograph moments that go unnoticed, that may be overlooked. They may even be unpleasant. I believe one day you will want a record of what life really looked like for you, at that point in time. ​ I am Australian living in the U.S. with my husband and two kids. When my kids moved out of diapers, I took a breath and picked up my husband's Nikon D90 and began, slowly, teaching myself manual photography. I was sick of photographing our family moments using Instagram. I wanted to have full control of the images I was creating. This was in 2015 and I still have so much to learn. I was born in Western Australia and have lived in Queensland, California, Tasmania to name a few places. I love people, I love experiencing life in different places and I love where we live now for all its diversity. Don't get me wrong, I would rather be on the coast somewhere, (think tropical), but I have learned to make the best of what you have. I have a strong accent and have been known to use Aussie phrases, so don't be afraid to ask me "What did you say?"

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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.

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New York City family photojournalist Kelly Williams loves to shoot in Queens with her documentary style.

I love what I do. I love telling the story of someone’s love, life, and happiness in one frame. While I started out wanting to be a screenwriter and spent many years toiling away in the financial world, the instantaneous thrill of capturing a memory by simply pressing the shutter button hooked me in 2004 and I have been a visual storyteller ever since with work featured in such publications as Martha Stewart Living and New York Magazine. I’ve lived all over the world and I am from Florida originally, but I’m proud to call New York City home. The vitality of NYC is something I pack into each and every photograph. I’m constantly roaming the streets and subway for new inspiration. So if you see me on the street with camera in hand, stop and say hi. I’d love to show you the city through my lens.

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Portrait of San Francisco Family Photographer Lisa Winner

Hi, I'm Lisa, a family documentary photographer based in the San Francisco Bay Area. I have two children and a husband, who I like most of the time. In this crowded market, what makes me unique? Well, there are a few different reasons why I should be your next Photographer (I mean, there is more than a few, but who has time to read all that). 1. I’m not interested in creating photos that look like everyone else’s This is an important statement for a couple of reasons: with the proliferation of photographer’s on social media, it is very easy for both me, the photographer, and you, the client, to get caught up with the latest trends and say: I want that too. Just like everything else, trends come and go, and in a couple years’ time, you’ll be frustrated by that picture on your wall because it will be ‘outdated’, and the whole process starts all over again. The absolute #1 priority for me when at a photoshoot is the moment. Special moments between you and your spouse, you and your child, you and your dog – moments that define your relationship and capture your life in its current state. I aim to make timeless photographs that you will enjoy for years to come. And while yes, I want you to come back to me next year for updated photos, I want it to be because you’re ready for more moment capturing – not because the photo filter that was the hot trend 2 years ago now seems dark and ‘blah’. 2. I go beyond the ‘JCPenney portrait studio’ business model. I actually get to know my clients. While I am a business, I am also a human being. I do not subscribe to the “churn and burn” model. There’s no way I would be successful at point #1 if we didn’t get to know each other. Do we need to be best friends? No. Though that would be nice. I like best friends. But will we talk and chat, and possibly have a laugh or three throughout the day? Absolutely. I might even tell you what I was known for in high school (probably not, but if you reach bestie status, then maybe). 3. I’m sincere and honest (to a fault). And I’m funny (not to a fault). I “grew up” career-wise in a corporate environment. I did retail and account management for 15+ years. I learned a lot about who I was as a person and how I wanted to be viewed within an organization. And that came down to two points: Good at my job, and funny. I never wanted to take myself too seriously. Sooooo many people think that being professional = being boring, and it doesn’t have to be that way. At least, I never felt it had to be that way. Customer Service is about meeting the client where they are at, and providing something that A) the client needs and B) delivering it in a way that makes them want to come back to you, again and again. Do I take my art form seriously? You bet I do. Because when you recommend me to your friends and family, I want that recommendation to be because you’re crazy about your photographs, and you loved our time together (and now we’re besties – see #2).

Delaware is home to family photojournalist Tiffany Caldwell

I bought my first 35mm film camera at a flea market when I was in high school. With that old Pentax K1000, I took my first film photos and learned how to transfer what I saw through the lens into a frozen moment captured in a photo. From the start, I've always kept my focus on people. I love to capture someone laughing, or the way parents engage in the wondrous curiosity of their kids, or simply someone just looking back at me. Photography isn't just something I do, it's an extension of the way I see the world. After obtaining my master's degree in fine arts, I wasn't sure where my love of photography and film would take me. When I found myself living at the beach with my wife and our five amazing kids, I quickly took my love of capturing people, along with my own child-like wonder, and began to photograph weddings and families. As a documentary photographer, I work like your own personal photojournalist. Your life is the story, I just play witness with my camera. From the nervous moments before a wedding ceremony, to the playful laughter you experience as you run with your kids on the beach, to everyday moments like making breakfast with your kids in your pj's, I am inspired by YOUR LIFE STORY. During a photo session with me, I am not just a photographer. I am an artist, a careful observer, a keen listener, a bit of playful entertainment, and hopefully by the end of your time with me, your friend behind the lens. It's just that simple and significant. Witnessing life, taking pictures.

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!

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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!

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Atlanta family photography by Barbara Naso - Georgia FPJA photographer

I am Barbara. A traveler, mother, wife, photographer, lover, and seeker. Born in Italy, yet currently pausing in Atlanta. I don't consider myself to have a permanent house; however, I definitely have a home. Wherever I land, I carry my precious people with me: my children and my beloved husband and of course my adorable dog, Rio. What is a documentary photography approach? While it may sound complex, it's actually quite simple. A photographer comes into your space and documents life as it occurs. There's no posing, directing or staging. You, your people and your space are witnessed, captured and images are later shared with you so that you can relive and retell your story over and over again. The images left behind will express the mood, emotion, and action of the moments that occurred throughout your session. Powerful photographs allow you to remember what you felt like, not just what you looked like. That's the goal with a documentary approach, gifting you with images that provide an opportunity for you to share your life's story with others.

Creative and documentary approach to 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.

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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.

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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.

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Kansas City Family Photographer Mike Smith - Missouri FPJA

Drink coffee, chase moments, tell stories. Repeat. We are a husband and wife team who are crazy about each other, best friends, passionate followers of Christ, lovers of all things coffee, history buffs, wannabe travelers – who got our first dose of the awesomeness that is photography back in 2007. We didn’t know this adventure was on the horizon, but when it hit, man… It hit us both pretty hard and we were HOOKED. Looking back, we could never have guessed where this journey would take us. The BEST part of this adventure is navigating it together, for sure. It may sound sappy, but we are best friends who spend every day together, and for us, it just works. Way back before photography, we had separate careers, separate schedules and it just wasn’t any fun. This is definitely better. We love to have fun. In fact, it’s going to be a requirement that you do, too. We think great things can be accomplished through good old-fashioned happiness. Moment driven photography is what we’re about. An authentic image, whether sweet or silly, happy or sad, is going to stir something in you every time you see it. And THAT is what we’re ultimately hoping for the opportunity to provide you. Real images, stirring images, beautiful images. Blessings, MIKE + JULIE

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Clara Sampaio Brazil fotografo of 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.

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Lívia Delgado photographs families in Rio de Janeiro, Brasil.

Born in Teresópolis, a mountain town in the State of Rio de Janeiro, I grew up surrounded by an incredible family and inspiring wolves From an early age I got used to admiring the beautiful and the arts as ways of seeing reality. Graduated in Law, I exercise until today the profession with passion and dedication, qualities that I transpose to all the domains of my personal and professional life. The photograph arose from the need to record my wandering around the world and the people who make my universe more beautiful and happy. Then, I began to study photography technique with a keen eye, in order to eternalize everything that poetically my eyes and lenses can capture. However, no teacher or book is able to teach us to open the soul of the photographed, which is only possible if he generously wants to share his inner world and his experiences.

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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.

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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!

Venezuela Family Photojournalist Victor R. Urosa

After getting married, in 2009, we decided to start our own photography company to offer services that we would have liked to receive, that is how Wedding Photos were born, 8 years later we had our little Fabiana and the same thing happened to us. Now we want to offer customers services and amenities that we would have liked to have, so we are undertaking this new project called My First Memories. Victor has been a photographer for 10 years and recently completed his film studies in New York, his work has been exhibited in several cities around the world and now he combines his work as a photographer with his passion for making films. Mariana is an industrial scientist and the brain behind our projects, with a Master in Marketing, has made these dreams come true. Now she combines her work with being a full-time mother and certified breastfeeding counselor (so any doubt she can help them). Fabiana arrived in July to brighten our lives, fill us with inspiration, fight to make the world a better place and pursue our dreams to always be close to her. She is a very sweet and cheerful girl who is sure to help liven up your session

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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 :)

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France and Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes is where Ambre Peyrotty photographs her families.

Ambre is an award-winning wedding and family photojournalist based in Auvergne. She obtained her Bachelor's degree in photography in the Ecole de Condé, Northern France, in 2014, and her work has been exhibited in France, Portugal and Canada.

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London, England family photography by Chloe Delmonte - United Kingdom FPJA

Hi there! Here's a little about me! I was born in Manchester almost 30 years ago to my eclectic fashion designer Mum and entrepreneurial Dad. Growing up I absolutely loved the indie, vibrant, musical, grimy, authentic vibe of Manchester and it served me well as a backdrop for all my creative endeavors. I was always in the school art room and constantly making a mess of my parents home with my collecting and collaging. I was always the one following my friends around with my vintage film cameras at all the gigs, nights out and Oasis concerts. In 2012 I graduated from Central Saint Martins art school in London with a BA in fine art photography and went on to start my photography business full time. I've had my photography featured both online, in magazines and in galleries in London, New York, and Tel Aviv. I've photographed everything from births to boudoir, from street photography to celebrity portraits but one of the most beautiful parts of my job is photographing people, families, friends, and children just being themselves, enjoying life. What I love most about lifestyle photography is that it's memorable, it feels authentic, charged, emotional and real. With minimal posing the images capture life and love as it truly is, and therefore treasured forever.

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