Why Family documentary is a priority for my own family

Every year for the past four years, my family has hired a photographer to come and document us.  These images are more special to me than pretty much anything else in the world.  I’ve boiled it down to 4 main resons why we’ve made it a priority, while showing you the work of a couple of other talented Seattle photographers.

 

Reality Trumps All.  Real moments that are telling of my family’s personality are way more special to me than pretty posed family pictures that say nothing about who we are. That’s not to say those images don’t have their place.  I do think posed portraits are important for posterity a lot of the time.  But for our little family, it’s not the most important.

                             photo by Della Chen

Our Timeline.  These images serve as a bookmark to remind us of what was happening at the time they were taken. As I was looking through these recently, I was thinking…“Wow, our house was so much cleaner before Sam came on the scene!”  and “Oh right, I forgot that Leo absolutely hated baths when he was a baby, and he was bathing in the sink until he was a year old!”  “OH MY GOD.  Remember how terrible potty training was with Leo??” Being able to relive those moments and milestones through a story is so special.

                                   photo by Jenny Wohrle

The Other Side of the Story. I get to see what’s going on behind the scenes while I’m doing something else.  And as a parent, you are ALWAYS doing something else.  It’s incredible to be able to see what goes on in the rest of my home from someone else’s perspective.  And there is so much unexpected symmetry and humor in any given day!

                                 photo by Jenny Wohrle

Our COMPLETE family. And the other and most important reason, because frankly it’s what convinces my husband that family documentary is a priority… I want some pictures with ME in them.  There are so many images of my husband playing with our boys, consoling them, laughing with them, but just a few mostly iphone pictures of me.I have nagged him over the years so many times to pick up the camera when a sweet moment is happening, but it’s not where his mind goes and I honestly don’t blame him.  He would rather be present in the moment, and most of the time, so would I.   So I don’t nag (errr…I mean, ask) him anymore, with the understanding that once a year, we can have a photographer come to document our family with me in it.

                                photo by Della Chen

If all of this resonates with you, there’s probably a good reason!  To look at some samples of my family documentary work, take a look at this blog post.  Then, if you’d like to inquire about a documentary session for YOUR family, email us at jenny@jennypenneyphoto.com.