United States Family Photographers

Documentary Family Photography for United States, North America

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

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

Map of FPJA Family Photographers Serving United States

45 Available Documentary Family Photographers...

Florida family photography by Samantha Moore of Sarasota

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

Member of the Wedding Photojournalist Association - WPJA Lifestyle Photojournalist
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.


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
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
Portrait of Cindy Brown, Family Photographer

I'm a wedding photojournalist and documentary family photographer. I'm also an adventurous traveler and an all-round nerd. I love to hike and take selfies with my beagle/cattle dog Roux and my wife Sharon. I was born in Atlanta, moved around --21 cities and 5 states -- then came home. I listen to NPR, read the New York Times and The Washington Post and watch Netflix and Prime. My favorite series include Offspring, Derek, Atypical and Endeavor. Vita of a Nerd Photographer I photographed a biker funeral, death penalty protests and Ted Bundy while interning for the Associated Press. While a photographer for two dailies in Florida, I photographed Ronald Reagan, a train derailment and the dedication of a screened-in porch. An unexpected life turn took me to Vermont and on to Indiana, where I edited photos for a major daily, and nerded out getting a master’s and PhD. After teaching photojournalism in Florida, Indiana and Mississippi, I returned to Atlanta to earn my fifth degree--a Master's of Divinity. My passion for storytelling with my camera and my interest in religious diversity led my to the field of wedding photojournalism. I have documented weddings large and small, Hindu and Pagan, indoors and out, Christian and Muslim, in backyards and in churches. The most exotic wedding I have photographed took place in Mexico and was officiated by a Mayan shaman. You won’t find many Atlanta wedding photographers with the education, experience and caring personality that I have … a sense of humor and humility, too. :) When I'm not photographing weddings, portraits or corporate events, I work on personal photo projects, hang out at a tiny cabin in the mountains, work for racial justice and welcome refugees to our community.

Member of the Wedding Photojournalist Association - WPJA
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.

Boulder family photography and portraits by Bonnie Sizer of Colorado

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

Member of the Wedding Photojournalist Association - WPJA Lifestyle Photojournalist
Atlanta family photography by Benjamin Lipford of Georgia

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

San Francisco family photography by Nick Otto of California

Hi All! I am a 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 newsworthy 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 NGOs. Some notables are 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 will last a lifetime.

Member of the Wedding Photojournalist Association - WPJA
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
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 Family Photographer Susannah Stevens

A fellow photographer once laughed and called me a "connoisseur of light." The laugh was for a photo of my kiddo's giggling face bathed in sunshine, with the toilet seat behind her head. I do love the way light can make the most mundane moment glorious. But there's more to a memorable photograph than that, and great light is not required. What's essential is authenticity. I look for those moments that show something real about a person or a relationship. A loving glance, a characteristic gesture, a flash of pure joy. Because in the end, do you want to remember what you looked like, or who you were?

Joyce Perlman Family Photojournalist

Joyce studied fine art and photography at Syracuse University in New York, London, England and Florence, Italy. An artist. A photojournalist. An educator. A mentor. A dancer. A thought partner. A soulful person. A real-life storyteller capturing moments as memorable visual stories. Often it’s the small moments, the wordless reactions, which carry the most power. She captures natural moments that tell the story of your family in a playful and artistic slice of life photo session. The focus is on everyday moments and interactions including connections while engaging with one another. Sessions take place at home or at an outdoor location in the San Francisco Bay Area or Mendocino.

Member of the Wedding Photojournalist Association - WPJA Lifestyle Photojournalist
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.

Family Photography by Shirley Hu

Shirley Hu is a passionate artist specializing in photography and graphic design. With her landscape architecture background, she always presents in dynamic and focuses on details, unfolding the true image of one's own. She holds a MA degree in New Media. She was also an assistant photographer for school affairs in graduate school which led her down the path. Making delightful and touching artwork for clients is her goal. Besides, she is an active hunt seat rider and plant lover. She has two beautiful kids and one fuzzy dog. They all make her life bright.

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
Annie Bang is a Family Photojournalist from Los Angeles.

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

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

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

Beautiful Sorta Studio - Melissa Ludwig, Family Photography

When I first started shooting, I was happy to photograph anything. It took a number of years for me to settle into what my passion would be. To find where my skill set and my eye would thrive —in life documentary. Over time I noticed the joy I'd feel after shooting a family for a few hours, or sometimes a whole day. Getting to know each member of their tribe. Seeing what they each enjoy doing, wearing, saying. Where they love going, and how they travel together. Keeping an eye on the little things that can sometimes often go overlooked. I think that's what people appreciate and that's why they hire me and sometimes hire me again. So I can freeze these thought-to-be small but in actuality huge moments—a tear dop on their child's face. A strawberry stain on their shirt. The way they tie their tiny little shoes. Nothing is forever, but this is the closest way to make sure special moments never die and I'm so grateful that I can do that for so many.

Anthony Thornton is a San Francisco based documentary family photographer.

After growing up with drum sticks in my hands, I went to music school and earned a B.A. in jazz drumming. But in 2008 while studying abroad in Amsterdam, I discovered a love for photography. And in 2010 my focus completely shifted from music to image-making. I was originally drawn to photojournalism after seeing the New York Time's "One in 8 Million" project photographed by Todd Heisler. It's fascinating to me how a photographer can interact so closely with their subject and in doing so create a moving series of images about someone's life. Since then I knew I wanted to be a documentary photographer. After moving to the mountains of Colorado in 2011 I began freelancing for the Vail Daily newspaper in 2013. In 2014 they offered me a full time staff position. Photographing for the newspaper taught me how to visually tell a story, sometimes when you only have a few minutes. During my year at the paper my images were also published in other outlets including The New York Times and Food & Wine Magazine. In 2015 I moved to San Francisco and have been a freelancer here ever since. In recent years I've moved my client focus to documentary family photography because photographing candid, unposed moments is when I'm most comfortable behind the camera.

Washington DC documentary family photography by Natasha Lamalle

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

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

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

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.

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
Montana Family photojournalism by David Clumpner of Missoula.

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

Member of the Wedding Photojournalist Association - WPJA Lifestyle Photojournalist
Manhattan and NYC are favorites for family photojournalist Casey Fatchett

I seek to capture natural, authentic photos of my clients. For the last 20 years, I have worked with people from all walks of life to create images that truly reflect their personalities. My style evolved out of my own self-conscious nature. I didn't want my clients to feel uncomfortable or overly posed. I want to bring out the best of them and you! - With a background in physics, journalism, and the arts, he creates dynamic imagery that tells a distinct story to the viewer. He has shot for Fortune 500 companies, international publications, as well as hundreds of individual clients in his 20 years of experience. - His work has appeared in such publications as the New York Times, People, New York Magazine, The Huffington Post, Professional Photographers of America, Rangefinder, and more. - His subjects include platinum-selling recording artists, hall of fame athletes, actors and actresses, CEOs, entrepreneurs, families, and even some furry friends.

Member of the Wedding Photojournalist Association - WPJA Lifestyle Photojournalist
Jeff Wiswell is a Wisconsin, USA family photographer

As a senior in college, I studied abroad in London and stumbled upon photography with no artistic talent whatsoever. I’ve since visited 13 countries and developed a love for travel photography and a keen eye for light and architectural beauty. While training to be an emergency physician at Mayo Clinic, I was awestruck with how one of my surgical attendings was able to capture his family with the same sense of elegance through light and shadow that I could do with a sunrise in Italy. This admiration sent me on a quest to learn lighting to create amazing photos of our young children that would be much more than snapshots. Starting J.L. Wiswell Photography grew out of this passion. My ultimate goal is to give you amazing images that will make you do a double-take when you walk by them on your walls everyday.

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
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
Documentary family photography in New Jersey by Adena Stevens

My photography roots began with a career in photojournalism. I found immense joy getting to discover the communities I lived in while shooting for the local newspapers and having the opportunity to document people’s daily lives. That documentation of daily life is what I am now bringing to my portrait sessions – telling the stories of you and your family: Those every day simple things that we may take for granted. Those little moments that you will want to remember forever. The natural interactions of you with your family.

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

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

Member of the Wedding Photojournalist Association - WPJA Lifestyle Photojournalist
Dallas Fort Worth family photography by Adam Belmont of the Texas FPJA

My photographic journey began when my first child entered the world in 2017. I consider bringing home a child to be probably one of the most natural opportunities for an adult to pick up a “real” camera for the first time, especially for those who weren’t raised with any influences in photography growing up from family or other outside sources, as was the case for me. During my wife’s pregnancy, I remember thinking to myself, “I’m literally dedicating every free minute I’ll ever have to raising future children, so why not use all that time already invested in them to document their development and upbringing? After all, I’ll be there the whole time anyhow, and this way future children can see how they were raised through the eyes of their parent.” Even before my daughter’s birth, I knew I wanted to approach documenting her life in a unique way, one which wholly resonated with who I am as a parent and observer of scenes. I specifically envisioned capturing childhood and her development through what I later learned was from a reportage, photojournalism and documentary perspective (through more of a ‘fine art’ lens) in which I capture the ‘real’ - the honest moments, the quiet moments, the mundane moments, happy moments and, yes, even the challenging moments. All with an artistic aesthetic. It is important to me to catalog those everyday experiences and a child’s growing curiosity with the world. That’s what got my gears going and turned me on, and that’s what I’ve pursued ever since. I don’t think I’ll ever put a camera down for as long as I’m able to create.

California and San Francisco are home to family photojournalist Douglas Despres

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

Member of the Wedding Photojournalist Association - WPJA Lifestyle Photojournalist
seattle newborn family portrait photographer

Photography is my way of storytelling, and when I look at a photograph, I FEEL the moment, and my head and heart rejoice in the memory. With my lens, I capture the everyday details that make up my life, those moments that become my cherished memories. I am a witness most of all. This is what I do for my family, and what I hope to do for yours. I love capturing the most mundane of things, and showing you how beautiful those little moments are. Like cooking an epic pancake breakfast or reading books together in bed with a cup of coffee. I take great care to create a session that is unique to you, an experience that will translate into beautiful and timeless imagery of you and your family.

Lifestyle Photojournalist
 Philadelphia, PA is base for family photographer Colleen Stepanian

I've contemplated long and hard every single day since I've picked up a camera about why I do what I do and what motivates me. I think about what it means to me and about what it means to other people. There are a few reasons, some have changed, some haven't. The few that drives them all are human connection, relationships, and vulnerability. I feel I have a responsibility to photograph present reality for the sake of human history and future nostalgia. It is very easy for me to connect with people, whether it be my clients or a stranger on the street. I love knowing that through my chosen medium I am able to gain new perspectives of this life, one person at a time. I feel honored and blessed to be able to wake up every morning and tell stories through photographs.

Member of the Wedding Photojournalist Association - WPJA Lifestyle Photojournalist
Istanbul Family Photographer Ufuk Sarisen

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

Member of the Wedding Photojournalist Association - WPJA
Sao Paulo 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!

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.

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

Member of the Wedding Photojournalist Association - WPJA Lifestyle Photojournalist
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.

Member of the Wedding Photojournalist Association - WPJA Lifestyle Photojournalist

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