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What's the difference between Lifestyle Photography and Documentary Photography? | |Montgomery County PA Documentary Photographer

You might see me posting a lot about these "Life Story" sessions lately. I'm going to explain a bit about how a Life Story documentary session is different than my traditional lifestyle sessions as we prepare to enter into the fall busy season and people are choosing what kind of portrait experience is best for them. If you are interested in booking a fall family portrait session, either lifestyle or documentary in Montgomery County, PA or the surrounding area, please reach out soon as my calendar is almost booked! There are only so many fall sunsets available so grab a spot now!

What is a "Lifestyle" session?

Most families have had some sort of "lifestyle" photography session done over the years. A "lifestyle" session is more modern than traditional posed portraits with props, and more traditional than a documentary session. It's kind of a comfortable middle ground. In a lifestyle session, I will gently pose your family and lead you into opportunities to connect with each other through touch or movement, in the most beautiful light available to us at an outdoor location- usually a park or a field. You can see a beautiful lifestyle motherhood session on the blog. I help coordinate your clothing and choose a beautiful location. We will do a few poses of everyone looking at me, and then use the rest of our time to connect with your family. These sessions are really beautiful and show connection, emotion and light without the use of any props. 

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How is a Life Story Documentary Session different from a lifestyle session?

A Life Story session is different than a lifestyle session because it is photojournalistic in nature. Your story, my lens. The session will take place at your home usually, or another location that is essential to the family story. We spend a few hours together and your family goes about the normal routine while I document your family life via my artistic voice. The kids are going to go about their regular play, potty training, bathtime, snacks, etc. Our goal is to give you an artistic representation of your daily life.  We are shooting for an album, to create a picture-story of this little slice of your daily world. 

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What kind of session is right for you?

When this sweet Montgomery County PA family contacted me about booking an end-of-summer session, at first mom had planned on doing a traditional lifestyle session at home. But as we talked more about what she wanted on her walls, and about the family dynamics and children's personalities, she decided that a Life Story documentary session would be more fun for the kids and would capture the authentic, beautiful chaos of life with 3 small children. I was super excited to tell their story.

We spent a little over 2 hours together than evening as the family wrapped up dinner and moved outside to spend quality time together playing water balloons, picking tomatoes, weeding the garden, and eating ice cream. When it was time for bath, I followed everyone in and concluded our story with that bedtime routine. 

Thank you so much, D Family, for inviting me into your beautiful family life. It's been such a joy to capture these moments for you. 

When I asked mom why they wanted to tell their story with a Life Story session, she responded, "The kids are growing up and Tessa is likely the last baby. I'd like to capture what it is really like having such a young family and how much fun and chaos it can be so I have fond memories to look back on and remember."

What story do you want to tell this fall? 

If you are interested in a Philadelphia, Montgomery County, Bucks County or Lehigh Valley Lifestyle or Life Story Documentary family session this fall, please book now. My October calendar is 99% full. September and November have limited availability. 

Amongst the Wildflowers of Early Spring
AnneMarie Hamant Portraits and Stories- Lehigh Valley Family Photographer

This beautiful mama and daughter spent a cloudy spring evening with me last week enjoying this delicious golden yellow field. I just adore little Natalie's pigtails and her dark hair amidst all the bright flowers. So much tender connection between the two of them as they wait in anticipation of baby brother's birth this summer. I am so excited for my motherhood session marathon coming up this weekend! I can't wait to capture your children's spontaneous affection for you :) 

Extended Family Campfire Session | Allentown PA Family Photographer

When my client contacted me a few months ago to inquire about an extended family session and mentioned that they wanted to do some formals at a park and then move back to Grandpa's house for a campfire and smores, I knew we were going to be the perfect match :) 

I just loved how playful this family was and the bond between sweet Paige and her G-Pa was just too beautiful for words. I don't have many pictures of me with my grandparents (maybe one from my high school graduation?!), so I am very drawn to capturing these expressions of play and affection. Thank you so much D Family for inviting me to document your adorable family's campfire, and for sharing the delicious smores :) 

If you are interested in having me document a fun family gathering or just tell the story of your family engaged in a holiday tradition, please contact me know to get on my calendar for November and December. 

The wind in the willows | Rose Garden of Allentown Extended Family Session

What better way to capture the carefree nature of childhood than to let these 9 cousins swing in the willow tree branches during their extended family session. We captured all the formal posed family shots and let the children play in the garden and the creek. It was a lovely way to spend Labor Day weekend and finishing up my summer sessions. 

My fall weekend calendar is nearly booked, but I am still accepting weekday bookings and mid-November/December weekend sessions. Please contact me ASAP to reserve your date if you have been wanting to work with me for your fall portraits. 

Peach Picking | Bucks County Family Photographer

We are wrapping up summer by crossing off another tradition from the bucket list- peach picking at Bob White Acres in Coopersburg, PA. We love all the different varieties of peaches they have available, and the kids love the neat basket wagons they have as well as the apple cider slushies served up at the little farm stand afterwards!

Peaches are only $1.05/lb for more than 20 pounds, and they are quick and easy to pick! I now have about 35 pounds of peaches to deal with, but they sure are delicious! Tastes like the end of summer! I wish these last two weeks of summer vacation would last forever, but we'll freeze lots of sliced peaches so we can enjoy a little taste of our favorite season in the dead of winter. 

If you are interested in my documentary style of portraiture, I'd love to work with you to document your end-of summer fun! My schedule is getting tight but I have a few days available :)