Why Documentary?





4.15.22



A briefing on why I transitioned over from Lifestyle portrait sessions to Documentary portrait sessions as I explain the difference between the two.





DEFINING DOCUMENTARY PORTRAITURE:

To capture images that truthfully portray people, places and events. Photographs that offer viewers an accurate visual record without interference.


WHY DOCUMENTARY? :

To preserve the memory and details as well as the persona of the individual. Documentary is essentially timeless photography that holds value over the years and never goes out of style.


WHY DO I CHOOSE TO FOCUS ON DOCUMENTARY PHOTOGRAPHY?


I fell in love with documentary photography when I kept noticing after every few years my old work started to appear 'dated' and 'cheesy' with poses that repeated themselves and presets that were at the time trends. The only work of mine that aged well was my documentary work from the past 20 years. This is when I decided to return to my roots with my education and started focusing on the basic principles to photography again that I had practiced so long ago.


WHAT DOCUMENTARY PHOTOGRAPHY HAS TAUGHT ME:


It was only when I noticed that trends are popular NOW but timeless photography is forever valued. I want to focus on my work aging well for future purposes not for current demands and popularity. With this new concept and approach to my work it has helped me with the direction I want to go as a photographer and have learned not to compare my work with anyone else's but my own. Each photographer is a visionary and sees life differently. Photography is very personalized and subjective. We all see life differently in our images and are all on a different path, so learning to listen to my own voice has been a huge asset in moving forward with my career.