What exactly is “documentary photography”?
“Documentary photography usually refers to a popular form of photography used to chronicle significant and historical events. It is typically covered in professional photojournalism, or real attempts to produce truthful, objective, and usually candid photography of a particular subject, most often pictures of people.” ~Wikipedia
Let’s break this down a bit and look at what the heck this means for you:
1. Documentary means that it happens naturally, in your environment vs. posing
2. Record a person’s true self and their real personality.
3. Creates a story and leaves a legacy – think documentary films and famous portraiture
I love documentary style photography for children and families because it speaks to life’s stories in a real way.
When faced with a choice, many people choose this style of image for their wall art. It speaks to who you are and tells a story of your “real” world in a way you may want to remember. There’s that something more in the image that has a documentary element to it like a look in the eye, body language or an object that’s sentimental in telling what’s unique about you and what connects us.
It’s your story.
Celebrate your life.
“A picture is worth a thousand words“