United States Family Photographers

Photographers in United States for Family, Vacation, Birth

USA, US, US of A

Find the best United States of America Documentary Family Photographer to capture your family's special moments in an authentic way. We take documentary style, real life approach so we can authentically capture what makes your family unique. Invite one into your family to record your births, parties, vacations, reunions, and more. Welcome to the USA Documentary Family Photographer Association:

Map of FPJA Family Photographers Serving United States

47 Available Documentary Family Photographers...

 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
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!

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
Atlanta documentary family photography by Chanda Williams of Georgia

For families in Atlanta who recognize how quickly time moves, and are looking to capture genuine and beautiful moments with a laid back experience. Through family photography and films as unique as your family, I will show you the extraordinary in your everyday. I am the mother of two really cool humans who are growing up too quickly and a crazy but cute dog. I'm married to my best friend, and we've made a lovely life together in our old Atlanta bungalow. I love baseball, podcasts, books and ice cream; stories make me happy. Community and social justice are important to me. I studied photojournalism in Boston, and after returning to Atlanta and having my own kids I was drawn to documenting Motherhood and Childhood. My primary creative interest is storytelling through family photography and videography, and my style is documentary and lifestyle to create honest art. I became a Doula because I believe that birth matters.

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
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
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.


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
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
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
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
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.

Chicago family photojournalism by Sherry Tong of Illinois

I want to capture the family moments that have the real laughing, the struggles, the accidents, the tears, and all kinds of irreplicable moments. No need the family to pose in front of my camera, just be whoever you are, the real you is the most precious part of your family story.

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.

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.

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.

Member of the Wedding Photojournalist Association - WPJA Lifestyle Photojournalist
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
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.

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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
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
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
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!

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.

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
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
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
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.

Member of the Wedding Photojournalist Association - WPJA Lifestyle Photojournalist
California based Family Photographer  Siliang Wang, of San Jose

I use a documentary approach with a fine art style to my family photography that captures real moments. I don’t see photography as just a job. I have the desire to create beautiful images that tell stories.

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
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
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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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
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
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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Portrait of Oregon family photographer Cliff Etzel

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.

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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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Orlando family photography by Cristiana Motta of Florida

I'm Malu and Maria's mother and Andre's wife. My essence seeks emotion. I look for smiles of reunions, connections, achievements ... I look for tears of longing, happiness, overcoming ... I look for normal, but diverse and unique stories. I believe that each person is like a book. We have a beginning, middle, and end. The plot of each person’s life happens in a different way and we don’t always know what it really is. Today I just want to listen more, observe more, and love more. I am an eternal apprentice.

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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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!

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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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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Portrait of Utrecht family photographer Chantal Brands, of the Netherlands

My experience as a documentary family photographer started in Hong Kong 3 years ago. I lived there with my husband and was in the position to focus 100% on my photography business. Before that time I only would photograph as a side business. The last year I stayed in Hong Kong (2018) I mainly would use a documentary approach with families. This period of time in Hong Kong really influenced my vision of photography, it was such an amazing experience that I wanted to capture the essence of living abroad as a family. Living in small apartments with children en be creative with the space you have. It made me realise there is no perfect picture. Only a perfect story. Now I am back in the Netherlands. I would like to continue this way of photography. I want to take my personal experience and photography skills to different families and places in the world.

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.

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