Alison invited me to her home after receiving a lovely gift certificate from her sister-in-law for a family photo shoot. I arrived before her husband and daughter had returned from ballet recital and it was the perfect transition from socializing at dance class, to meeting me and getting into her princess dress for some make believe time.
I loved this session because this family just hung out as they would on a regular weekend day, having coffee, making lunch for the kids, reading a book on the bed, and all the fun moments in between. It felt very relaxed and, lucky for me, it didn't take much time for the kids to be really comfortable with me. For this session, it was the usual shorter length of a family lifestyle shoot. Usually the more time I spend with a family, the more opportunity there is for their real selves to come out in the pictures, but I think I did pretty well on this one given it was about a 2-hour lifestyle shoot. Typically I will recommend a half day storytelling session to get as many moments like these, but if you have kids that are friendly and quick to show off their space, you might be fine with the shorter format. Every time I shoot I am working towards creating a bit of a daily life story for the family, thinking ahead to the idea of a photo book that will be like a glimpse into this family's world during that moment in time, when their kids were at that age. All of my documentary story sessions include a photo book of memories.
I'll really let the images speak for themselves, a typical weekend day for a family of four in Montreal's Burrough of NDG.
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