Why documentary photography is so important in the early years of life | Sydney family photographer

Updated: Jun 7, 2019

One of my favourite pastimes is to look back on old photos. Strangely, as someone who will shy away from being snapped, I like to look back on the ones of myself. My childhood. Even those from my cringe-worthy, teenage years.

We were lucky to have had so many photos taken of us growing up. Not only of us though. Of our family, our friends, our McDonald's and Plaster Fun House birthday parties. Our birthday cakes. Our "old house". Our favourite soft toys. Our big (unsafe by todays standards) trampoline. Our sandpit that dad made. Picking beans that grandad grew. Water fights in our pjs at grandma's. Snuggles with mum. The three of us siblings baking cakes, or playing at the local park, or just being kids. The photos weren't posed. They were candid. They had so much life.

These days, more and more of us are doing one or both of two things: taking hundreds and hundreds of smartphone pics AND/OR a handful of professional or 'posed' photos for the 'gram. But the phone photos are generally crappy (even though phone quality is fantastic now), and while they have a LOT of value, traditional posed portraits can sometimes fail to capture the true personality of its subject. Not to mention they are often in a studio or scenic location. Where are the photos of our old bedroom, or our incredible yard (ours was like a small park by today's standards in Sydney), our 1990's fashion? Tantrums? Laughing fits? Our old preschool backpacks?

These are the memories I am here to capture. So if you having considered having family photos, consider a new style, which will preserve not only your faces, but your life at that point in time. Contact Monica Mikhael Photography to find out more and book your portrait session.

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