Documentary Family Photography Jessica Uhler Photography
Families. Babies. Kids. Bellies.
Ooh, have I got something to share with you- check out the video above sharing my heart behind why family photography matters so much to me and my clients!
Isn’t it funny how day by day nothing changes, but when you look back everything is different. -Kurt Vonnegut
Life doesn’t happen in the big events and momentous occasions, It happens in the small everyday moments, the in-between times that shape us and our families. You may be considering a documentary session but wondering if your house is decorated well enough, or if your family is interesting enough or if your kids are well-behaved enough.
Trust me when I say YOU ARE ENOUGH.
Your home is full of the things that make your family unique. Your “normal” is not boring to me and it’s my job to show you the poetry there. Right there in the midst of the dishes in the sink, the underwear on the floor, the spilled milk on the counter, the Legos on the rug. Your life is moving fast, your kids are changing and things you may not even realize are going to be different in the blink of an eye. But you are too busy nursing or cutting crusts off sandwiches or driving kids to baseball practice to step back and TAKE IT ALL IN. Let’s plan a day to do just that- just your beautiful, normal day with its chaos and laughter, love and tears.
You don’t have to dress up, or make the kids wear their nicest clothes. Everyone gets to be themselves. Even dads love session with me because I’m not telling anyone what to do. Don’t worry- you’ll get a beautiful photo for your Christmas card too, but more than that I’m going to capture the authentic story of who you are right now. And you don’t even have to say “cheese”.
What is important to me (and to you, most likely, if you are checking me out) is capturing real life. I want to make pictures that tell the story of who your family is at this point in time. I want your personality to shine through. Your home doesn’t need to look like Pinterest. Your wardrobe doesn’t need to be high-end. Just you. In all your messy, imperfect glory. I want you to LOVE YOUR LIFE- not someone else’s idea of what your life should look like.
For an in-home documentary session, we’ll spend time together in the most meaningful place of all- your home. Don’t go nuts cleaning! You’re off the hook. It’s all about you and what your family is like. Choosing to center your session around a favorite family activity that is a normal part of your routine creates a great chance to capture your interaction and love as a family.
For an on-location session we’ll plan our location together based on who you are and what you like to do as a family. Maybe we will take a walk to get ice cream, go for a hike in one of your favorite spots or go play on the beach. I will give you some direction but mostly you just get to be together as a family having fun while I make beautiful pictures for you. It’s important to have a few activities to engage in.
- Once we’re all done your images will be hand-edited by me and be ready in 2-3 weeks. Then comes the unveiling! I’ll have you over to my home studio or a coffee shop (we’ll hug like old friends) or we’ll connect via Skype, and I’ll help you decide what prints and products are best for you. Then off to the printer.
- Family sessions include a custom photobook, which I think is the best way to tell a visual story. It’s something that your family will treasure for years. I love serving my clients by creating tangible products for them. I want the kids to be able to leaf through it’s pages and remember what it felt like to be together.
Heart. Depth. Authenticity. Story. Jessica has an unique and uncanny ability to show photographically the beauty in what most would consider mundane. She transfers this to the beauty of capturing authentic family dynamics to produce stunning images of true family life. Her photographs go beyond the norm of matching outfits and perfectly poised portraits. Her work is truly art, an art that you don’t even realize is being captured during a session; you are encouraged to be natural, to be family. It’s not until you view the images later that you are overwhelmed by the beauty of your little family.
I love that she doesn’t just want you to have amazing photos, it’s an experience. We have a canvas hanging in our bedroom of my husband and me. Anytime we are having a hard time in our marriage, I can look at that portrait and remember that moment of connection; that authentic moment of real depth between us, and it gives me hope. I am so grateful to Jessica for this gift.
She is my immediate recommend. And sidenote: she even befriended my extremely shy middle daughter during our family shoot. A feat, which is as remarkable as the images she produces. -Lindsay
Sessions start at $200 and include:
- My time and talent
- Hand editing of your images
- Custom online gallery
- Complimentary design of your photobook
- Albums, archival prints and wall art and digital images are available to purchase a few weeks after your session. Prints start at $29. Payment options available. Maternity, birth and baby collections available. Call for details or Get in touch to book your session.