Though I do love my weddings and sessions, I have to say, these Colorado documentary family sessions truly have my heart. Not only are they a ton of fun, but they also include some of the most intimate moments I’ve documented. This documentary family session in Colorado was one of my favorite family sessions I’ve had the chance to photograph. Kathryn, Chris, Cruz, and Eila were so much fun to work with. Before we get into their session though, what is documentary photography?

What is Documentary Photography?

Family documentary photography is where you invite a photographer into your space. They take photos of your family interacting and spending time together where you’re most comfortable.  As much as I love taking photos in a park or the gorgeous mountains of Colorado, there is something truly special about documenting images in your own space.

Having a documentary session in your home, the place you sleep, eat, cry, laugh, and live the most with your whole family brings on a new meaning to your photos.  The photos become more intimate and vulnerable. They allow your family to show up as themselves in the place they are most familiar with. 

How do Documentary Family Sessions Work?

Taking your kids to have their photos taken can be quite an experience.  In many cases, you bring them to a place they haven’t been before.  They are expected to smile and play in their new clothes, at this new location, all in front of a stranger with a camera they’ve never met before.  Taking photos in your home allows kids to show up as themselves in the place they are most familiar with in an unfamiliar situation such as being photographed.

For each documentary family session, I show up at your home or a place that feels like home and guide you and your kids through experiences that you’d normally do day to day in that space.  The coolest part about documentary family sessions is that each session looks completely different from the next one.  Every family is different, and documentary photography captures all the little unique things that make your family special and you.

Colorado Documentary Family Session

It was an absolute joy to show up and document Kathryn, Chris, Cruz, and Eila.  For each documentary session, I take some time prior to the session to get to know the family and what they love about living their life in Colorado.  I talked with Kathryn a few days before our session. Together we came up with some ideas that would be both fun and special to them.

For their Colorado documentary session, we spent our time in and around their home.  A lot of book reading, playing in the cul-de-sac and backyard, eating popsicles, drinking lemonade, and ending our session with a quick dip in the pool!

Capturing these moments of your family together in your day-to-day lives is what makes documentary photography so unique. If you’re looking to book a documentary family session of your own head over to my contact page. You can also check out my family photography Instagram to see more of my work.

A father and mother sit on a couch in their home with their son and daughter reading a book and playing with Legos.
A mother and her son sit together on a couch in their home, the son is reading while the mother watches and smiles.
Photo of a family's legs as they sit on a couch together, one set of legs is resting on an ottoman.
A family sitting on the couch in their house, mother and son sit together and read on one side of the couch while father and daughter sit on the opposite side also reading.
A father sits on a couch with his laughing daughter on his lap while his wife sits next to them.
A family sits together on the couch, the father helps the daughter read while the mother is watching her son play with his Legos
A family sits together on the couch, the father helps the daughter read while the mother smiles at the camera as her son plays with Legos next to her
A child in a red button up smiles as he's holding a Lego Star Wars toy
A family sits together on the couch, the father helps the daughter read while the mother smiles at them as her son plays with Legos next to her
Black and white photo of a father smiling and laughing while holding his laughing daughter on the couch
A family sits together on the couch, the father hugs and kisses his screaming son while the mother laughs at her daughter playing with toys on the couch
A family sits together on the couch smiling and laughing with each other, the son is holding his sisters arm while she's being held by the father.
Child sitting on an ottoman holding multiple "Zingo" boards while the rest of her family sits on the couch.
A family sits on the couch together playing "Zingo" The mother is holding her daughters foot, the son has his back turned to the camera
A mother sits on the couch laughing as she's tickling her laughing sun as he hangs upside down on her lap
A family dance together in their home's living room, the mother son and daughter all smile and laugh as the dad attempts to floss.
A family dance together in their home's living room
A child poses laying on the living room floor and looking at the camera while his family is standing behind him with only their legs visible
A child in a floral dress climbs over the back of a couch and tumbles head first down it
A family sits at a countertop together, the children have lemonade glasses in front of them while the mother smiles at them with the lemonade mix in front of her.
A family sits at a countertop together, the children have lemonade glasses in front of them while the mother and father smile at them with the lemonade mix in front of the mother.
A family standing outside together in their backyard next to their pool with shrubs in the background. The kids are smiling at the camera while their parents look down at them.
A family standing outside together in their backyard next to their pool with shrubs in the background smiling at the camera
A mother and father stand in the street holding hands and smiling at their children, their children are both on scooters smiling and laughing as they ride towards the camera in the street
A mother and father stand in the street holding hands, the father is looking at his children on their scooters behind him while his wife smiles and looks at him.
A family stands in the street together, the father catches his son as he rides his scooter between him and his wife.
A family stands in the street together, the parents are looking at their daughter and lifting their hands in the air as she rides her scooter towards them while smiling.
A family stands in the street together, the daughter just rode her scooter between her parents and is smiling while her mother is crouched and laughing behind her.
A family stands in the street together, the father catches his daughter as she rides her scooter between him and his wife as the wife claps
A family stands in the street together, the father catches his daughter as she rides her scooter between him and his wife as the wife claps, the son is walking his scooter towards them
A mother and son hug in the street, the son is looking at the camera while the mother is crouched next to him with her eyes closed
A couple embrace in the street, the woman smiles as the man kisses her on the cheek.
A couple stand together in the street, the man has his hand on the woman's face while she holds his arm as they both smile at the camera
A couple embrace in the street, the woman smiles as the man kisses her on the cheek.
A mother holds her daughter up as they both smile and laugh with shrubs and a fence behind them
A mother holds her daughter and smiles at the camera while her daughter kisses her on the cheek
A mother holds her daughter up in their backyard as they both smile at the camera
A mother holds her daughter up while in their backyard, they're touching their noses together while laughing and smiling at each other
A family stand together in their backyard and smile as the sun sets, the mother is holding her son as he kisses her on the cheek while her husband holds their daughter next to her
A family stand together in their backyard and smile as the sun sets, the mother is holding her son while her husband holds their daughter as she kisses his cheek
A father holds his daughter, they're both smiling as the daughter pokes her fathers nose and laughs at the camera
A father holds his daughter, they're both smiling as the daughter points her finger in the air looking at the camera
A father holds his daughter as they both laugh with their faces together and their eyes closed
Photo of a mans torso, his daughter is sitting on his shoulders with only her legs visible as he holds her ankles.
A father holds his son while they both smile at the camera
A father holds his son and smiles at him while trying to tickle him as the sun smiles at him
A child sitting on his mothers lap as they hold hands, only their torsos and legs are visible
A child sits on his mothers lap outside and smiles at the camera while she holds him and smiles at him
A family sits inside on the floor together eating freeze pops with their backs against a glass door with a pool behind them. The mother smiles and laughs at the camera while the others look at their freeze pops
A family sits inside on the floor together eating freeze pops with their backs against a glass door with a pool behind them.
A family sits inside on the floor together eating freeze pops with their backs against a glass door with a pool behind them.
A child wearing a swimsuit and floaties stands next to a pool and smiles up at the camera
A family wearing their swimsuits stand outside next to their pool and smile at the camera. The father is holding his daughter while the mother stands next to them and their son
A family jump in the pool while all holding hands, the son is looking down at the pool, the mother smiles at the camera, and the father is holding the daughter with his eyes closed
A family swim in their pool together, the mother holding her son as her husband holds their daughter next to them, they're all smiling and laughing together
A family swim in their pool together, the mother holding her son as her husband holds their daughter next to them, they're all smiling and laughing together
A child in a pool wearing floaties smiles at the camera as her mother swims next to her and smiles at her

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