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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…

 

Canon 6D, ISO 1000, f/4, 1/100 sec

Canon 6D, ISO 200, f/1.4, 1/1000 sec

Canon 6D, ISO 200, f/1.4, 1/1000 sec

Canon 6D, ISO 200, f/1.6, 1/500 sec

Canon 6D, ISO 200, f/1.6, 1/500 sec

Canon 6D, ISO 200, f1.6, 1/320 sec

Canon 6D, ISO 200, f1.6, 1/320 sec

Canon 6D, ISO 640, f/1.6, 1/400 sec

Canon 6D, ISO 640, f/1.6, 1/400 sec

Canon 6D, ISO 640, f/1.6, 1/4000 sec

Canon 6D, ISO 640, f/1.6, 1/4000 sec

Canon 6D, ISO 800, f/4, 1/160 sec

Canon 6D, ISO 800, f/4, 1/160 sec

Canon 6D, ISO 800, f/4, 1/250 sec

Canon 6D, ISO 800, f/4, 1/250 sec

Canon 6D, ISO 800, f/4, 1/160

Canon 6D, ISO 800, f/4, 1/160

Canon 6D, ISO 800, f/5.6, 1/40 sec

Canon 6D, ISO 800, f/5.6, 1/40 sec

Canon 6D, ISO 800, f/5.6, 1/25 sec

Canon 6D, ISO 800, f/5.6, 1/25 sec

Canon 6D, ISO 800, f/5.6, 1/60 sec

Canon 6D, ISO 800, f/5.6, 1/60 sec

Canon 6D, ISO 800, f/4, 1/50 sec

Canon 6D, ISO 800, f/4, 1/50 sec

Canon 6D, ISO 800, f/4, 1/100 sec

Canon 6D, ISO 800, f/4, 1/100 sec

Canon 6D, ISO 800, f/4, 1/50 sec

Canon 6D, ISO 800, f/4, 1/50 sec

Fujifilm X100S, ISO 640, f/2, 1/170 sec

Fujifilm X100S, ISO 640, f/2, 1/170 sec

Canon 6D, ISO 800, f/4, 1/160 sec

Canon 6D, ISO 800, f/4, 1/160 sec

Canon 6D, ISO 800, f/4, 1/125 sec

Canon 6D, ISO 800, f/4, 1/125 sec

Canon 6D, ISO 100, f/4, 1/30 sec

Canon 6D, ISO 100, f/4, 1/30 sec

Canon 6D, ISO 800, f/9 1/250 sec

Canon 6D, ISO 800, f/9 1/250 sec

Canon 6D, ISO 1'250, f/4, 1/500

Canon 6D, ISO 1’250, f/4, 1/500

Canon 6D, ISO 1'250, f/4, 1/200 sec

Canon 6D, ISO 1’250, f/4, 1/200 sec

Fujifilm X100S, ISO 640, f/2.8, 1/55 sec

Fujifilm X100S, ISO 640, f/2.8, 1/55 sec

Canon 6D, ISO 1000, f/4.5, 1/320 sec

Canon 6D, ISO 1000, f/4.5, 1/320 sec

Canon 6D, ISO 1000, f/4.5, 1/40 sec

Canon 6D, ISO 1000, f/4.5, 1/40 sec

Canon 6D, ISO 1'250, f/5, 1/60 sec

Canon 6D, ISO 1’250, f/5, 1/60 sec

Canon 6D, ISO 1'250, f/5 , 1/320 sec

Canon 6D, ISO 1’250, f/5 , 1/320 sec

Canon 6D, ISO 1'250, f/4, 1/400 sec

Canon 6D, ISO 1’250, f/4, 1/400 sec

Canon 6D, ISO 1'250, f/4, 1/400 sec

Canon 6D, ISO 1’250, f/4, 1/125 sec

Canon 6D, ISO 400, f/1.8, 1/500 sec

Canon 6D, ISO 400, f/1.8, 1/500 sec

 

Canon 6D, ISO 640, f/1.8, 1/500 sec

Canon 6D, ISO 640, f/1.8, 1/500 sec

Canon 6D, ISO 400, f/1.4, 1/1250 sec

Canon 6D, ISO 400, f/1.4, 1/1250 sec

 

Canon 6D, ISO 1'250, f/5, 1/100 sec

Canon 6D, ISO 1’250, f/5, 1/100 sec

Canon 6D, ISO 1'250, f/5, 1/1250 sec

Canon 6D, ISO 1’250, f/5, 1/1250 sec

Canon 6D, ISO 1'250, f/4, 1/200 sec

Canon 6D, ISO 1’250, f/4, 1/200 sec

Canon 6D, ISO 1'250, f/4, 1/2500 sec

Canon 6D, ISO 1’250, f/4, 1/2500 sec

Canon 6D, ISO 400, f/4, 1/1250 sec

Canon 6D, ISO 400, f/4, 1/1250 sec

Canon 6D, ISO 400, f/4, 1/1250 sec

Canon 6D, ISO 400, f/4, 1/1250 sec


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There are 4 comments

  1. christian

    Hi Pete,
    hat mich sehr berührt…deine Art Bilder zu machen lässt beim Betrachter viel Gefühl entstehen….
    Ich wünsche dir für deinen “neuen” Weg viel Mut und Erfolg.
    go on bro!
    keep doing what you doing 🙂
    LG Christian

  2. mobarak

    Hello Peter,
    I enjoyed your work as usual
    This blog post is so intimate, for my eyes I liked the canon photos very much, it’s sharp and the bokeh is gorgeous.
    I would like to see more Posts from you, it’s seems that I am enjoying this more than instagrame.

  3. Peter

    Danke, Christian! Es freut mich, dass die Bilder so rüber kommen. Das ist genau das, was ich versuche zu erreichen. (: Ich schätze deine Unterstützung sehr!

  4. Peter

    Appreciate your feedback, Mobarak. It’s lot of fun to write an blog post, I really enjoy doing it. It is a great way of telling the story – with written words and with the images. For this session I was using two fantastic lenses – Canon EF 17-40mm f/4 L USM and the Canon EF 50mm f/1,4. Both very sharp with great optical quality. Cheers!


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