A definition of Nuclear Family is that it is a "basic social unit". This is expressed on the Oxford Dictionary website as 'In traditional society, family stability is considered key for maintaining the stability of society as a whole, since the family is the smallest social unit of the society.' What I want to capture in my documentary is that this can be achieved without the "traditional" element and prove that this is an outdated concept.
My idea to document this is to find a minimum of 5 families that all differ on the traditional family scale. I will start with documenting my family, the family I grew up in and the family I have created for myself. This instantly highlights a contrast as my parents have created the pinnacle of traditional family life, married 30 plus years with a son and daughter and of course, the kennel club pedigree dog. However, my story of how my family formed is slightly different. I will also look at my Grandparents, who have been married for over 50 years, along with 3 other couples who veer off from the norm.
To start off each family I will take a classic style traditional family photo in the studio or, if being able to access the studio is unavailable to them, a family shot at their front door . I will keep everything the same in each portrait bar the family i.e. the lights, backdrop, camera settings or if it can't be the studio try to recreate this at their front door. I will then spend some time getting to know them and capture images of them throughout their day, something that helps the viewer to get to know them better. After learning about the family I will add an anecdote to each image to further develop their story. My main objective for the families I photograph would be to catch the love that is at the centre of each one.