Day in the Life- Please Read!- Bozaan Fam

"A Day in the Life" - Family Documentary Storytelling
Farmington Hills, MI

This is an ordinary weekend for these guys, with hockey in there somewhere. 

I want to point out a couple things that are important. 

In the series of photos underneath the table--- Maria (3yrs old) just hit her brother. Joshie cried and was consoled by mom. Whenever Maria gets reprimanded for bad behavior, she pouts and broods under the table for a bit. 5 minutes later, Joshie crawls in to comfort his sister, who just hurt him. He even holds her hand when she sticks her tongue out at him. 
Awwwww. What amazing qualities! Quick to forgive, compassion, and love! They came out together smiling. I wish more adults had emotional intelligence like these kids!!

This is documentary family photography. It says a lot more than if these two were just smiling at the camera. Just sayin'.

I hope Maria looks at these photos when she is an adult and going through hard times. She'll remember that her big bro will always be there for her and she is loved. 

The second thing-- If you are having a hard time proving to your hubs that documentary family photography should be a priority, show him the sports photos. At the kids' skating/hockey practice, I was shooting dad passing down knowledge to his son, and mom and dad being the biggest fans ever, etc., when I was told by so many dads, "What you're doing is really cool".  (Think about Father's Day gifts!) This is a special bond. Sports are a big deal. It will be wonderful for the kids to have these photos as adults, showing that bond, the sacrifices parents make, the support, and the parents acting like kids, getting so excited for their little buggers!! 

You can also see soccer photos and T-ball photos from these fellas in my blog posts.

Day in the Life! No posing. Real and true personalities.
Messy house, messy people, beautiful life!

Townsend Park Engaged- Jessica and Eric

GRAND RAPIDS, MI
TOWNSEND PARK, MI

Congratulations Jessica and Eric! These two were troopers, with a location switch as we were all driving! Michigan- the weather isn't the only roller coaster we deal with here. They were so great about it and just rolled with the punches. That's a good quality in a couple. 

They met at work, starting out as friends, which lead into more... and have been together for four years. They were on a backpacking trip for the first time and it was storming. The next morning, the sun was shining and they walked down to the beach, where Eric proposed. It was very meaningful, coming out of the storm into the sunlight... 

The woods were really important to them in this shoot (probably because they are the bad-ass backpacking kind), so I'm glad we were able to get all of these photo opportunities at this park. 

The big day is September 15, so stay tuned! These guys are going to be so fun!

DAY IN THE LIFE- Sample Collection

Family Documentary Story-Telling
Photojournalism
"A Day in the Life" sessions
 

This is a sampling throughout the years. These shots are from different times, different seasons, but they're just to give you an idea of what you can expect from family documentary-style sessions. 

I cannot stress enough how significant documentary photography is and why it is taking over. 
A smiling face from your IPhone will not convey the same things as real life documentation from a professional. First of all, you will be included in the photographs. Second... remember his favorite stuffed animal that he couldn't sleep without? Remember the old house? Look at that face! He would crinkle his nose like that for years. He would cry when his sister would cry...  Or, remember when mom would sing that same song when she put on her make-up? That is all a part of it. Invest in your history.

When I was in school, we weren't allowed to pose anything. Most people nowadays still want the "smiling faces shot", and that's fine. You should have some of those every now and then. But there's so much more in the world of photography. It's my job to educate, to show people what is available that they just may not be aware of. They want the social media craze of what "family" is supposed to look like. I can still  hear my instructor talking about the "smiling faces shot"... "That tells me nothing. Nothing about them. All it shows is how they looked at that time." Documentary photography portrays connections, bonds, how we relate to each other. It can convey such powerful messages- how hard parenthood is, childlike outlooks on life, and love- the kind when nothing else in the world really matters. It is your history. It proves your life had meaning. You loved and were loved. It pulls you back into what life was actually like in the chaos of it all. So beautiful. 

Get the laundry in there too. This is what your life looked like while you had three toddlers running around. It was messy, and loud. And wonderful. Someday, you are going to reminisce. Your kids will as well. This investment isn't just for you.

I've had too many people ask if I had something-anything more of so and so, could I look again... Always needing as much as they possibly could hold onto of a loved one who passed. I had a daughter ask for photos of her mom, when sadly, mom had done what way too many moms do and decided she only wanted photos of the kids. She hated getting her picture taken. That always breaks my heart.

It is an investment.
Just taking the time to do a session every year or two, will be an investment that you will never regret. We keep putting things off, but they grow so fast. Our parents are getting older. There will be so many changes that happen so fast! You will never have this time again and you will miss the opportunity. We may regret purchasing certain material things, but no one EVER regrets investing in their memories, their life, their loves.

When asked what people would grab in a fire, the most common answer is the family photos. So, if we value photography... Why are we not valuing photography?

It should be a priority.

To see one documentary family session, please check out this link:
http://lookatthebiggerpicture.com/blog/day-in-the-life-lohrer

So, let's do this! Documenting your real life. No posing. Eeeeessshk!! It will be great. 

Note: Please read the comment when you get to Maria underneath the table. Make sure you keep scrolling down to see the rest!