I wanted to do a round-up of documentary family photography resources in case this subject has peaked your interest. I know how hard it can be to find good information on a subject and how convenient it is to have it all in one easy to reference place, so I collected the following documentary family photography resources for you! Even if you don’t have children, I think that if you are interested in documentary photography for friends and family that these are great starting points. I have loved researching this genre, Michelle and I even have a beta set of black and white documentary style presets we’ve been working on in the Foto Rx lab that we will be releasing next year, from rich and sharp to dramatic and gloriously grainy, sure to make editing your sessions a breeze. We want you to have images that are print worthy!
Kirsten Lewis Real Family Photography-The class is long, but Kirsten is one of the top photographers in this field and it’s chock full of information, I can highly recommend.
Felicia Chang the Unapologetic Life-I wrote a review here.
Point of View Documentary photography
Composition Clinic for Documentarians with Zalmy Berkowitz
Documentary photography with Ami Vitale
Tutorials, Interviews + Inspiration
Jennifer Tonnetti Spellman shares many of hers here.
Kirsten Lewis on family photojournalism
Sham of the perfect-I devoured all of their artist interviews in one night. Such incredible insight and inspo.
Community for documentary photographers
Photographer and father of 6 Alain Laboile offers endless inspiration a must visit!
The difference between lifestyle and documentary photography
Your iphone would work for personal work, but if you are thinking o taking on clients here’s some of the equipment the pros recommend-
Full frame camera (we have a Canon 6D in the studio)- Nikon 750 (what Felicia Chang uses)
Sigma Art 35mm (this lens kept coming up over and over again)-For Canon | For Nikon
24mm lens for wide angle shots
Photomechanic for culling images
$10/mo Adobe Creative Cloud plan
Foto Rx Black and White documentary style presets (coming soon!)