Family Photojournalism | Ontario

If you follow me on social media you may know that about a year ago I decided to quit family photography… well, traditional family photography anyway.  I absolutely believe that staged portraits, traditional or lifestyle are beautiful and wonderful.  I love images that others have captured for me and my family, but I wasn’t feeling fulfilled shooting them for clients.  So… I quit.
One day I was skimming through photos on my desktop of my kids and realized something that made me really sad.  I wasn’t in any of them!  You see, in our house I’m the photographer.  I’m the one that packs a camera and film to shoot our every day life, trips to the zoo, the splash pad, and walks in the woods… but I’m never in the photos.  My heart broke.  I understand how important it is to leave photos for my kids to remember me and I truly feel that every day moments are just as beautiful as the ones we get dressed up for.  That was the day I discovered Family Photojournalism and found a new appreciation for beauty in real life.
I randomly found a link to a CreativeLive course on “Day in the Life” photography by INSANELY talented artist Kirsten Lewis and bought it on a whim.  As I watched her teaching I felt it in my gut: the ache to create, that need to deliver a moment that is so much more than meets the eye.   I’ve spent the better part of this past year pushing and practicing in hopes that others would eventually see the value in this type of session.  I knew it would be an uphill battle but slowly… very slowly… people are starting to catch on.
I’m extremely thankful to my colleague Olivia (who is a wonderful photographer herself – check her out HERE) for allowing me into her home to capture her family in my own way, the way I saw them, without direction.  Just as they are in real life.

Here’s a small part of the Jenner Family History

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  • Linda said:

    These are awesome family photos. I love that you captured their everyday life.

    • jenvanson said:

      Thank you Linda!! I had a lot of fun with them :)