Washington DC Family Photographers

Documentary Family Photography for Washington DC, United States

Are you Ready to Schedule a Documentary Family Photo Session?

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

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

Map of FPJA Family Photographers Serving Washington DC

7 Available Documentary Family Photographers...

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?

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!

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
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?"

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.

Washington DC Outdoor Family Photography

Even in an age of restrictions and limitations, you can safely enjoy a photoshoot in an outdoor location with small groups of people or families. Your FPJA Washington DC family photographer can easily capture candid moments of the kids playing and interacting from a safe distance. These days, outdoor sessions are often the best option for genuine photographs, because people of all ages feel more comfortable and relaxed while they are outside and unrestricted. In these large, open spaces, you and your family can simply spend time together doing your typical routine while your photographer focuses on the art of storytelling.

Washington DC Day in the Life Picture Sessions - DITL

There is something appealing about the imperfections in an ordinary day. The best gift that you can give your family now and in the years to come is the investment in authentic photographs that showcase a real day in your life. These stress-free sessions, designed to capture the realness and honesty of an average day for your family, produce the most genuine images, and these are the ones that you will cherish for years to come.

Washington DC Birth Sessions at Home or Hospital

The birth of your child is an experience that is filled with both beauty and chaos. It’s a moment in time that you won’t want to forget, yet it’s an experience in which the details may fade away in the coming weeks, months and years. To capture the first moments in which you meet your baby and those first special hours together, you should enlist the help of a Washington DC documentary birth photographer. An experienced family photographer who specializes in documentary birth sessions will be able to capture your labor journey, the birth experience and the immediate reaction that you have when you see your baby’s face for the first time — all while respecting your space. The right photographer will be able to use discretion while focusing on the fleeting moments that you will want to remember from your birth experience. Whether you plan to give birth at home or at the hospital, you can book a documentary birth session with a professional reportage-style birth photographer.