family documentary photographer

Finding light project | Low light | Meghann Maguire Photgraphy

Bon fire night with super sized marshmallows, perfect for this months theme low light.

You'll find my friend Jade and her images here. She also has a few tips on how to take pictures in low light.

Finding light project - Rim light - Meghann Maguire Photography

Confession to make I only took 180 pictures last month. That's my lowest in years. My average is 1000. But as artists thats bound to happen a few times here and there. I've changed my focus in the last few month, but I'm so grateful that I have Jade to keep me inspired. I'm a little late with this months. Better late then never. 

This months theme in our Finding light project is rim light. This is when you place the light behind your subject. You create this bright magical halo that shines through your subjects hair and even all around their body.

It works best if your backdrop is darker, Like a tree line or fence. Exposing for this type of light can be tricky. Find little light leeks on the ground and position your subject in them.

Here is my play over the weekend just in my back yard. Time of day was not perfect and a little more challenging with the sun being pretty high. They were all shot with my fuji mirrorless camera at f/3.6 apart from the first 2 of my son they were at f/18. These are no really rim light, but thought they were neat.

Some of the ones with Addy in the tree don't really have any rim light either, notice how the background is the sky and the others where you can see a halo have a darker background.

Dont forget to check out what Jade did this month, she has some pretty cool ones. Link here.

Dont forget Jade.

Maybe your interested in learning how to capture your family naturally? Im now offering in person one on one mentoring sessions. Find out more here.

Frequent wonders - Launceston photograper

I know their are probably so many frequent wonders you have about this type of photography. I want to address one that I'm working on myself.

I don’t like how I look in photo’s. I’m not sure I could do the unposed thing. 

If you’re anything like me, you’re always the one behind the camera in family photos, and rarely ever make an appearance in them. Mostly I’m happy about this because I hate my picture being taken. I’ve recently been reminded in many ways, that life’s moments are precious. Think of your typical portrait. You are aware of the camera and that smile is forced. You may be stiff from a funky pose or uncomfortable having people in your personal bubble. Sure, there may be a uniform smile, but is there really any life inside of the image? When you are in documentary photos, your best self is being presented. We are our most beautiful when we FEEL good. Good can come in a variety of forms: laughter, peace, snuggled with our loved one, in our element doing something we love. The relationship we build is vital to the strength of emotion inside of the photos. 

Newborn session - Launceston photographer

Another one of my nearest and dearest friends had a baby. I love being able to give them this gift of documenting their lives as new parents. 

Oh man I loved seeing Tish just blossom as a new mother, I’ve never seen anybody just so in love with her new role and so happy. It was so magical to watch.

Here is what Tish said about having a documentary session with me.
What made you think, “I need to have a photo session?” First born child

Do you think some of those feelings from the last question are driven from past experiences or childhood? Please go a little deep with me here, I really appreciate it.
The birth of my son was the best day of my life, I can't remember life before him it's only fitting to capture this precious moment. I regret no getting around to having maternity photos captured.
What was your overall outcome goal for your photo session? (i.e. to have beautiful photos, to remind me just how important our family time is, to have our stories preserved so I can feel joy reminiscing later) moments in time captured, to reminisce for years to come. 

What happened or what information was provided that helped you say “YES” to this session? (something about me, something about the type of session, etc.) Meghann explained in detail how the shoot would be structured around the activities i selected, making me feel very relaxed and comfortable. I was quiet sceptical on what photos could be captured with the activities i selected as we don't do anything exciting.

Why is doing a documentary session different than other traditional sessions? It's more relaxing as just do your daily routine.

Why is working with me different than other photographers? You don't need to pose

Leading up to the session, how did you feel (i.e. nervous, excited, not sure what to expect)? After the session I was quiet anxious thinking there would be nothing of the boring everyday activities we do. 

During the session, please describe how the experience felt (i.e. nerve-wracking at first, but then relaxing, fun the entire time, etc.) relaxed and had fun obviously I was a little self conscious due to just having a baby.

What was your reaction to the photos when you saw them? I wanted to cry, loved them! 

How has going through this type of a session affected your life (it changed your perspective, it made you feel excited about having a photo session, it opened your eyes to the many opportunities you have for things that are special enough to have photographed)? Definitely made me feel more comfortable and open to having more photography sessions. 

How has having these photos affected your life? (i.e. it revealed more love and gratitude in your life, they are a reminder of something significant, please be as detailed as possible). 
It was beautiful as I could see the love in our family,which made me feel so much gratitude and love.

Off the top of your head, do you have any ideas for your next photo session? If so, please describe & also explain why it would be of value to you. 
My sons first birthday to see how much he's grown and capture his favourite activities

What surprised you most about this experience? how easy relaxing it was, I didn't even notice the camera as I was caught in the moments.

What would you tell someone on the fence about doing a documentary session? They won't be disappointed.  Staged photos are beautiful but documentary captures, moments and activities that could easily be forgotten with time. 

After the experience, did it feel like you predicted? How did it feel? 
No, I was really anxious after the shoot until I received the photos. once I received the finished product I was in love with the storytelling . Meghann captured all the special moments I requested and beautiful moments I was oblivious to like how excited my son gets when I read to him before bed.

What stands out most to you about having storytelling, documentary-style images vs. traditional portraits?
Natural. a day in the life view

Please describe the lasting impression these photos have left on you. So much Love and gratitude

Here are a few of my favourite.

I also did a little family film for them you can view it here or on my welcome page. For more information on my family storytelling in motion please contact me.