Documentary Photography

I'm a Biographer: So Tell Me - What is Your Story?.../Family Documentary Photography/Gold Coast Documentary Family Photography

Family Documentary Photography

Biographer (bi.og.ra.pher): A person who writes an account of someone's life.

- Oxford Dicitionary


That's me...a Biographer.  Yes, I'm a photographer, but I'm much more than that. What drives me is to write an account of you...your life...who you are.  

I don't just want to show you a pretty picture, though it must be appealing to the eye and there must be beauty in it.  There are many forms of beauty, and I mean to capture them all.  

Beauty is found in deep sorrow and heights of happiness.  It is found in grand places and in the lowly ones too.  It is found in each one of us in different and unique ways. Beauty is life and the unique web you weave is what truly inspires me.  

Tell me who you really are and I'll show you something that maybe you haven't seen before, or had forgotten had existed.

A photo memory of a father as a boy...

A photo memory of a father as a boy...

and a living memory of his son.

and a living memory of his son.

 

I want to know...what makes you smile?  What makes your heart sing?  What makes you cry? And what makes you feel something stir deep inside?  And I want to know why.  

All those little things that have brought you to this moment.  They become the big things.  But we don't often realise this until our defining moments, when life takes a turn...when life changes or takes a different direction and forces us to look inward.

 
Brisbane Family Documentary Photography
Documentary Family Photography
 

This is how it was for Paula and Damon and their family, whose photos you see in this post.  Realising that their lives would change and they would be moving on, Paula and Damon wanted to have a momento of this stage of their family life.  A witness of accounts of sorts to remind them of this beautiful time in their lives.  

Their children are teenagers and Paula could see how their relationship with their children would inevitably change, especially as young boys and girls become young men and women. That growing awareness that soon the closeness...the bond between parents and young children would somehow be different, and they wanted to hold onto that and to savour it for what it meant right now.

By spending one night and one full day documenting their lives...A Day-in-the-Life of the Kloots, I was gifted with the privilege of insight into who the Kloots family are.  Not just as a family, but as individuals.  And I have been truly humbled that this beautiful family allowed me to share their lives and open themselves up to me, in order that I may accurately record who they are and who they were at this point in their lives.

And when asked to give one quote, saying or words that described who the Kloots family were, this is what they said...

"As different as we all are from each other, we were made to be together."

*  Please click on the gallery images to enlarge


So my gift to you  as your biographer,  is to reflect back to you those little things that often go unnoticed. Those visceral feelings that all of us have,  but maybe we just need encouragement and a little courage to acknowledge.  Or those little things that while living and rushing around we have little time to stop and savour.  

And my job is done when I can help you to preserve and cement those things in a way that becomes a living reminder of who we are now and who we were:  as individuals...as a family...as friends...as groups of like-minded people,  and as a community.  

My desire is to help you remember, appreciate and savour all that you are and have been, in the kaleidoscope which is your life.  This sweet, crazy, maddening life.

Kerry xx

*  If you would like your own biography and a document of your life or your family's life, and if you are going through a stage in your life that you would like a visual account, then call me on 0488 723 673 or email me on info@truth-seeker-images.com.  For further information on Documentary (Family) Photography packages, CLICK HERE.

 



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What I Love About Autumn...Brisbane Family Photography/Gold Coast Family Photography

"Autumn is the season to find contentment at home by paying attention to what we already have."

- Source: theinspiredroom.net

 

Autumn is one of my favourite seasons.  These are some reasons why I love Autumn...

  • Mornings sleeping in and snuggling under the doona.
  • Relaxing with a hot cuppa on the recliner with a warm throw and Duffus Dawg by my side.  
  • Sitting outside, feeling warm rays of sunshine on my face.
  • Leisurely drives up the mountain enjoying the cool, crisp mountain air, blue skies, and hot breakfasts with coffee, pancakes and all day breakfasts.
  • Lots of faraway gazes looking out and contemplating the simple things in life.
  • Lazy mornings in PJ's and eating hot, creamy porridge.
  • The colours of Autumn...oranges and golden glows of sunlight.
  • Soft rain falling outside,  giving more meaning to snuggling and contemplation (like it is right now).
  • Listening to rustle of the leaves blowing in the wind outside, and feeling warm and safe inside.
  • Warm hands on cold faces and cold hands on warm faces and giggles.
  • Soft whispers and banter about our simple, silly, everyday goings on.

When Anthony is away, my favourite part is at the end of the day, when the three of us (including Duffus Dawg),  jump into our big bed and snuggle to get warm.  I read Miss Phil a bedtime story and we often laugh at the silly things that Duffus does at this time of day, as he pokes his head out from under the doona or he circles round and round trying to find a comfortable position, which is usually on top of Philomena or in-between us.

In fact, my favourite thing about Autumn is slowing down and just pottering around at home, enjoying the little things and being grateful for such blessings of love and contentment.

What do you love about Autumn?

Kerry xx


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Documenting Your Photo Session Experience...Gold Coast Documentary Family Photography/Documentary Family Photography

Gold Coast Documentary Family Photography

When you look at above photos, do you get an idea of the Heng Family's experience during their family photo session?  And how do you think they felt about their family session going by these photos?

You see, having family photo sessions is different for everyone.  For some like the Heng family, their experience of their Australian holiday was important to them, not just necessarily just having traditional family photos.  

You see, coming from Singapore they said they could have family photos taken anytime.  But what made this documentary family photography session special for them was that they wanted to document their uniquely 'Australian' experience as a family of three generations. They wanted their Australian holiday memories to take back with them.  Your sessions don't have to be documentary style.  The principle works just as well for more formal sessions and events like weddings.

So if you want to remember your experience in a way that separates it from any other...then documenting different elements creates specific memories that help link back to that experience.

In the instance of the Heng family, the elements of the  beautiful Australian landscapes (gum trees) and brilliant sun and blue skies, are things which were documented in pictures and are things that they have come to known as being uniquely Australian.  And of course, how they chose to experience their photo session by way of their relaxed approach and how they interacted as a family all added to the varying elements to give context to their Australian family holiday and the meaning it holds for them.

So how do you preserve those memories once you have had your session, including all the elements that made up your experience?  

Simple...create a collage of prints and/or frames like the one above and hang them on your wall/s.  Wall collages can be made up of any number of prints and sizes and can be done to suit the space you have ,whether small or spacious.   And by displaying specific images that have meaning and bringing them all together  and arranging them in a certain way,  they create your story of that experience.  And how about online slideshows and family photo books?  These are some other great ways to document your experience!

It's simple really if you can see the possibilities!

Kerry xx

* P.S.  Below are some other collage ideas for you....

 

The Friday night of the Day-in-the-Life session of the Kloots family...

 
With formal events, try choosing elements from one part of your event.  Like these photos which centre around this part of the day, and which are grouped together to show different perspectives based around the location of this beautiful little bridge.

With formal events, try choosing elements from one part of your event.  Like these photos which centre around this part of the day, and which are grouped together to show different perspectives based around the location of this beautiful little bridge.

 




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Engagement Sessions - A Family Affair...Brisbane Engagement Photography/Gold Coast Engagement Photography

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Not all engagement photo sessions have to be highly romantic and in romantic locations. Often, engagements are something that couples want to share with their family and close friends and save the romance and formalities for their wedding day. And so it was with Jason and Nada (you might remember some of their silly, playful shots recently).

Being a very casual and relaxed occasion, it was decided that a more candid approach would be better suited to Jason and Nada's engagement shoot.  So we leaned toward my two hour Documentary package, which incorporates relaxed portraits as well as candid, documentary style photography to capture the interactions of family and friends, as they unfolded.

So this engagement session we mixed it up with some varied shots of Jason and Nada, followed by some very relaxed family portraits and then finishing off with a myriad of photos of family and friends enjoying a catered dinner and each other's company.

And what a lovely, relaxed and friendly bunch of people!  Most guests were happy to have a few snaps and a chat and to ensure that Jason and Nada's occasion was enjoyed by all.

Kerry xx

* P.S.  FAMILY & FRIENDS...Click here to view JASON & NADA'S ENGAGEMENT online gallery. Please note gallery will expire on 9th May, 2015.

 



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The Pull of our Daughters...Documentary Family Photography Brisbane/Brisbane Family Photographer

"A mother wraps her love around the heart of her daughter, keeping each beat steady through the rhythm of life, until wings take shape and it's time for the soul to take flight."

- Author Unknown

 

It's less than two weeks before I leave for Vietnam.  As the time draws nearer I'm cognisant of how I am feeling being away from my only child.  It's been nearly two years since I've been away but it wasn't as far away as it will be this time.  So I am starting to hold tight and draw my daughter closer, knowing that I won't be able to for two weeks and so, so far away from home. I thought my next far away travels she would be with me.  This was unexpected.

You may have noticed I've taken quite a few photos close to home while my daughter is on school holidays.  I've taken the time these holidays to be more present and to more closely observe.  This hasn't always been how it is.  Being an over-achiever, I have found it difficult at times to pursue my own passions and balance them with the wants and needs of my husband and a child more demanding than I was as a child, but who deserves the best I can give.  I am also a person who requires time alone to spend reflecting and thinking.  

If you are a mother and you have a daughter who is just as strong-willed as you, then I think you will understand.   For me, I can love my daughter so intensely it scares me, and at other times she drives me mad and I just long to flee and spend time alone!  I have been known on many occasion to raise my voice and I kid you not - just imagine in your head what an army drill sargeant sounds like...that's me!   I haven't been proud of that.  But I'm getting better and my approach much more gentler and calming. Being this way more has brought me closer to her.  And in spite of the ongoing challenges and the clash of our wills, we don't care to be apart much really.  

Even more so at the moment with my departure looming.  So I've been enjoying this time observing and documenting my daughter's daily life.  It not only gives me a better understanding of who she is, but in photographing I become better at recognising significant moments between ourselves. I've also realised that I haven't necessarily acknowledged them so deeply before as I do now.

The above photo is one of those significant moments.  This is my favourite photo.  It's of Miss Phil reading to me 'Alice in Wonderland'.  It's currently her favourite story.  I bought her this beautiful, hard-covered version of Lewis Carroll's most well known and loved classic with beautiful hand-drawn pictures by Australian illustrator, Robert Ingpen.

Bedtime has become my favourite part of the day.  I sometimes still sing lullabies and I still read to my daughter.  These days though she is also beginning to read to me (as with the above photo), which is a mother's joy.   We also have this little thing we say to each other in turn: "I love you" - "I love you more" - "I love you most", and then we have a 'snuggles' (Eskimo kiss).  My daughter still insists that I stay until she falls asleep, and then I watch her sleep. This is the most emotional time for me. I always wonder how long before she thinks she is too old for such nonsense.  I hope she never thinks she's too old, and never considers it nonsense.

Do you experience simple, yet significant moments like this where your heart feels heavy full of love and longing?

They are my favourite.

Kerry xx

 






 

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