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Documentary Family Photography


Pictures that honestly tell your story

Unscripted documentary family photography is about capturing real & authentic moments as they unfold with no posing or instruction from me. Sometimes a documentary session may cross into environmental portraiture where you can be placed in a surroundings that say something about who you are. For example, a garden you have tended for years...

Documentary sessions are perfect for newborn, babies & young children who are naturally curious & busy (and don't sit still for more than a few seconds!). Also for extended newborn "slice of life" sessions at home involving other siblings & extended family. So you can look back and see what life was really like when your arms were full, as well as your heart.

Perfect also for event photography, and special occasions that involve larger groups of people celebrating together - extended family & friends, children & grandchildren. All kinds of seasonal festivities, including birthday parties, anniversaries, communion, baptism.

A documentary session can be captured across more than one venue. For example, a Communion documentary photo shoot may involved church & celebrations afterwards in a hotel & in your own home & garden.

Documentary lifestyle & family photo shoots are from 2-4 hours  to get a good variety of pictures that can really tell a story of your day.

Also, you also really don't need a specific reason for a photo shoot, just make up an excuse to get your loved ones together & make some memories...

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big paddling pool full of water in garden at home with large inflatable crocadile and boy flipped upside down and leg poking from water like a crocodile attack

pictures that have little time for posing.

documentary family: what to expect from the unexpected

girl in communion dress and older sister in red dress falling down dune grasses with arms waving in air, as they try and keep their balance


Location. Choose a place that will co create your story or event & celebration. It could be a venue like a church or hotel grounds. It could be your home & garden. It could be somewhere wild... But it's the place that will be the unique backdrop to your photo story & a character in your story too.

priest holding baby in a blanket in church pews for blessing before baptism. documentary family photography for baptism celebrations


Documentary shooting style. I like to shoot quickly and capture all those "in between moments". That means you can forget about being photographed & focus on connecting with those around you. If it's a celebration there is always plenty happening. If it's an extended family photo shoot you may think about activities the children (and adults) might like to do.

little girl climbing a tree with boy in the background, little girl in a floaty dress decorated with flamingos.. natural, documentary style family photographer dublin. natural photo shoots at home and in the garden for adults, children, babies and newborn


Process. It takes 1-3 weeks to get your edited pictures in a professional online viewing gallery. A mix of black & white and vintage color. All my packages include a digital gallery of images you can download with print release. I also offer Giclee pigment prints, framed prints, mounted print boxes & albums a la carte.

unscripted documentary sessions are perfect for babies & small children who naturally like to color outside the lines!

a communion documentary style photo shoot with my daughter in her beautiful communion dress, climbing trees &  exploring the hotel. stunning pictures to treasure



Since documentary style photo shoots extend from 2 -4 hours, the galleries contain 50-60 + pictures, ideal to to make up a professionally printed, handcrafted album.

 handcrafted album for showing family and lifestyle photographs, professionally printed
two children play wrestling on the carpet

Documentary family sessions can make the perfect gift to a family you love.

Consider a 2 hour walk along Dunlaoghaire Pier, the 40 foot & sandycove. Or, for celebrations in a venue or at home.


A gift? Vouchers available

young woman wth a trailing long lace dress playing with baby on a bench. natural family portraits by cara.
baby chewing his grandma's pearl necklace at a family celebration
little girl rubbing her eye inside a tent holding a rabbit. at home documentary style, emotive child photographer

i chose a documentary 4 hour session voucher. we chose a date which suited the whole family & threw a party. amazing day & pictures!


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