I photograph families in two styles, documentary and lifestyle. They have their similarities and differences. Depending on the session or the photo, it’s difficult to tell if it is one or the other sometimes. Other times it gets very clear. I had 12 photos award winning in the Lifestyle Family Photography contest last month. This month, I had another surprise: I had 5 photos awarded in an international contest run by FPJA – Family Photojournalism Association, an association that awards documentary family photographers. It was the sixth round of the contest, but it was the first one I participated.
I always photograph with a focus on people, how much those pictures will be meaningful to them, especially 10, 20, 30 years from now. And yet, most of the time, I want the pictures to be important to those children when they become adults. But recognition by an international association gives me extra excitement. It means that those photographs are valuable not only to those who know the families or the people in the photos. But they also convey something that anyone can perceive, and that is very powerful.
For those who don’t know, documentary photography is the one that records the family’s daily life, without the photographer’s interference. This kind of photography ends up resulting in truer shots, as it captures the moments as they happen. Having the routines registered, the family house, the reaction of the children every time something happens, all that will have an inestimable value in the future. Think about how you would value it today if you had this kind of record from your own childhood. Anyone who wants to know more about this style and the differences between them can access the family photography page.
Below are the 5 awarded photos and a brief explanation of each of them. Hope you like it! 🙂
My special thanks to these beautiful families who opened their homes and their lives and trusted my work and my eyes. Half of this prize is yours too, a photographer is nothing alone. ❤ Thank you Mimi, Leo, Gabi, Nando, Leycianne and Rogerio.
And how about you? Do you like any particular photo? Does any of them make you feel anything special?