It was a fairly cold Sunday morning in January as I was heading to Thun, Switzerland to meet the Gruber family and document their “Morning in the Life”. I was very excited about the privilege to photograph my first documentary family session.
There are many ways how to approach family photography. Some prefer the traditional family portrait session with the main focus on posed shots. But for me, as documentary and wedding photographer this approach stays my second choice (unless it’s the client’s wish).
Documenting the family life in a photojournalistic way is a great way of capturing genuine family moments. It’s all about telling the story as the photographer actually becomes a part of the family for few hours.
A documentary family session happens naturally without posing, or pressuring anyone to look at the camera. For many people (me included!) posing in front of the camera is an inevitable evil which might be a result of a negative experience in the past. But when they realize, that they don’t have to pose at all, just to do, what they normally do on a common Sunday morning, all fears are gone! So winning the Grubers over to try it wasn’t a big challenge.
Being a father of three myself, I’m used to photographing children and interacting with them in a natural way. From the first moment on, the boys – Lian and Noe and their little sister Cielle responded very unstudied and naturally to me as photographer. They were playing with the wooden railway set, jumping on their parent’s bed (this was friendly allowed on this morning by their parents) and sliding down the banister. Simply Kids being kids.
Being a part of the Gruber family for few hours on a Sunday morning was a very rewarding experience. But now enough words, let the pictures tell the rest of the story…
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