When is the right time for the shoot?
Basically, there is no wrong time for a family documentary. Whether you’re expecting a baby or whether you already hold it in your arms; whether you are at the end of a phase or at the beginning of a new one; every time is right. Because your family is your family, no matter the circumstances or constellation.
It’s definitely not about tidied homes, clean windows or your ideal body weight. There is nothing more beautiful than to have pictures that depict your family the way it is and that will remind you how it has been even years form now.
Will you do a classical family portrait?
If you wish, I will shoot some classical (or lifestyle) portraits at the end of the shoot, trying to keep them as natural as possible.
Will you give directions?
I will stay in the background trying to not disturb and attract attention as well as to not lose connection. Other than for the classical portrait I won’t give any directions, since I want to let things unfold and capture what I see. My responsibility is to have an eye for the moment, the light and the composition. Most importantly, I hope that my pictures will convey real feelings, such as of childhood, family and love. That’s what makes a simple picture meaningful.
Mutual trust is important to me. Respect of your family’s dignity is one of my core values. Your privacy will be minded.