2017 1 Hour Documentary Family Session Catalog life photography by aniya

Hello there!

Thank you for stopping by! Your family is the most important thing you have, and I am incredibly honored to document this moment in your lives. Time promises one thing: to never come back once it's gone. By making the decision to hold on to this day through photographs and by showing your children their family roots, you have given your family the most precious gift.

“So what is true for life itself is no less true for the universe: knowing where you came from is no less important than knowing where you are going”. - Neil deGrasse Tyson

Why choose documentary sessions?

Over the years there has been an evolution of family photography - from fake backdrops in a studio (hand raised high here with my family portraits!) to on-location beach shots with matching clothes and everyone jumping in the air. We then hit lifestyle sessions which were more relaxed, but somehow we were still missing something - real life. Documentary sessions photograph just this - call it family photojournalism if you will. Documenting your reality in a genuine and authentic way, without guidance, posing or interference is at the heart of documentary sessions. Here are five simple reasons why a documentary session is your best choice for photographing your unique, awesome family:

1. The everyday moments. These are particularly poignant to documentary photography sessions. There are things that happen during our time together that you want to remember about your family more than forced smiles and grins. For example, the way your son looks for seashells, or the excitement on your daughter's face as she discovers something new on a family walk. Or the way the kids dance when they eat ice cream, or their little pout when that ice cream scoop drops. Aren't these the moments you want to reflect on in 30 years? Traditional family portraiture can never give you these memories.

2. Absolutely zero expectations. Think of it like this - I’m an old friend coming to hang out with you for an hour or a day. I just happen to have a camera. You don’t have to search for wardrobe options, you don’t need to worry about matching, or keeping your kids stain-free (I love stains!). You just have to be you. Your family will quickly forget that I’m making images and you’ll be yourselves, and this is what I want to document for you. For sure there may be some meltdowns, maybe some spills, but that's all ok for me, and what's more important, is that you’ll be happy you documented those moments in years to come.

3. No need to location hunt. You’ve got the perfect backdrop - wherever your family wants to be. Is that on the beach while you're on vacation? A hike through the mountains? Or perhaps your special place is the movie theatre. There is no especially amazing backdrop, because the only thing marvelous about the images is your family.

4. Wardrobe? What wardrobe! Whatever you already wear! Documentary sessions celebrate your reality and the authenticity of your family. No need to buy matching clothes (we aren't the Beckhams!), special pretty dresses, or Polo T's. Documentary photography sessions means that you don't need to plan a thing, and that includes what clothes you are wearing. Such freedom, right?

5. An honest representation of your incredibly unique family. When you hire me to document your family, unlike a traditional family session, there will be very limited posing. Let me dear say, 98% of our session will be no posing. We will spend an hour together with me coming along to whatever activity you choose to do in that hour, and believe me, it can be absolutely anything. This means you will come out with imagery that represents your family, as you are today. Holding hands, wiping food off the faces of kids, mom and teenage daughters giggling or even shopping together. I want to photograph you. Not just a cookie cutter version of your family.

What you can expect at your session

Documentary family photo sessions last one hour and all sessions are all held on location. During our consultation we will discuss activities that your family will be engaging in during the session, and this will guide us for the location. It can be on a boat, at the beach, on a particular street or even in your vacation home. I'm ready to document your family anywhere.

Some helpful tips

When preparing for your session, I ask a lot of questions. No, I'm not trying to be nosy. I want to get to know you and your family as much as possible so that I can make the best images of your unique story. You and your crew are special, and your images should not be cookie cutter, stock imagery. My aim is to make photographs that reflect you, and the only way I can do this is by getting to know you really well.

On the day of the session, we will have planned activities for the family. It doesn't matter what that activity is, because it's about the moments created while engaging in something together as a family that is important, not the activity itself. This can be scooting, having a beach day, going for hikes, water balloon fights, fishing, even going on speed boat rides! I've done it all! We will discuss this during our consultation.

What to wear? Pretty simple - whatever you want! Please don't match! We are all individuals and I encourage each member of the family to have their personality shine through their choice of clothes. So if your daughter wants to wear rain boots and a tutu - let her. You will look back on these images and remember those boots.


The session fee of $200 is due at the time of booking to secure your date. The session fee includes the time and talent of the photographer, the skype consultation, the one hour documentary session, the hand editing of the images in your gallery, as well as the online gallery. The session fee does not include digital image files or products. Please add $100 per additional family unit taking part in the session.

Collection I


All high resolution digital images {40-50} downloadable via password protected online gallery, print release and personalized mobile app with your gallery.

8.5 x 8.5 Family Photobook. 50 pages with all session images

12 x 18 studio finished print

25% off additional prints

One year online gallery access

Collection II


All high resolution digital images {40-50} downloadable via password protected online gallery print release and personalized mobile app with your gallery.

12 x 18 studio finished print

15% off additional prints

30 day gallery access

Collection III


7 high resolution digital images downloadable via password protected online gallery and print release

10% off additional prints

14 day gallery access

The not so fine print

*in fairness to all my valued clients rates are non-negotiable.

*prices are subject to change without notice.

1 year gallery access available for $60

*for sessions outside of Barbados, travel fees and all travel expenses apply.

*postage fees apply if shipping prints and products internationally

Additional Studio Finished Prints

All prints printed through the studio receive complimentary retouching and sizing. Images are printed on archival fine art paper guaranteed to last 100 years.

5 x 7 $25

8 x 10 $40

11 x 14 $55

12 x 18 $80

16 x 20 $115

*additional sizes available on request

I'm ready to book! What are the next steps, and what happens after our session?

In order to hold your desired date, the contract must be signed, along with the paid session fee. This can easily be paid by paypal, cash or cheque. Your date is only reserved once both have been received. I will then send the Client Registration form your way. We will schedule a consultation via skype where I will meet your family and discuss the goals for your session. It is greatly beneficial to our consultation to have the registration form completed prior to our meeting.

Two weeks after our session, I will schedule our viewing and ordering appointment. Together we will view the images from your session. During this time, you will decide on the Collection you would like to purchase. Collections must be paid for in full by cash or cheque at this time. All viewing and ordering appointments are held Monday - Friday 9am - 12pm on the South Coast.

If you are leaving the island less than two (2) weeks after the session, payment for your desired collection must be paid for in full on the day of the session. If this is the case, please let me know when booking so that we can use the time during the consultation to discuss the collections.

I highly encourage my clients to invest in prints. The images will mean nothing on the computer, trust me on this one. I work with an amazing print lab, and make it super easy for you to purchase additional prints. Simply use the shopping cart icon on the images in your gallery.

Let me introduce myself

Howdy! Lovely to meet you! If we meet, I'd love to hear all about you- until then, here's a bit about me:

I'm a mommy to two girls (little women), Ella and Adi, two rescue furries, Ciccio and Napoleon, five turtles, and wife to a pretty hamdsome guy (who, bonus, is also my 2nd shooter).

I love to dance, I am the first and last gal on the dance floor (can't speak to my rhythm, however).

I think tattoos are fabulous. They tell the story of our lives- I have six small ones, but I know I'll be getting more.

I am not a fan of capital letters.

I despise the word "spoiled."

My favorite movies are The Goonies, Ratatouille, and Love Actually. I have seen them at least 100 times (not kidding).

Not traveling and seeing the world is my biggest fear- that, and white lizards and frogs.

I moved around a lot as a kid- all over Ontario, Canada to Newfoundland and back. As an adult, I lived in Irvine, California for a bit. Life changed on me, and I followed my heart, and my career, to Turin, Italy. It was the best time of my life.

I am a trained criminologist with a law degree. I gave it up for a new path.

I have a soft spot for children and the elderly. Kids give us fantastic stories from their imagination, the older folks give us fantastic stories from their lives.

I am a surfer - a stubborn longboarder who refuses to give up on my nine-footer.

I am a coffee guzzler and book devourer.

If I could live off of seafood (shrimp & lobster), I would.

I think I'm pretty funny. I have a knack for cracking up at my own jokes. I am a huge dork, and an even bigger goofball, you'll see.

I sincerely think laughter is the best medicine, for absolutely everything.

That's me in a nutshell. I cannot wait to laugh with you!

And this is my crew

Thanks for stopping by.

Talk to you soon!

email or call to chat about documenting your precious family. Photographing the moments that define you is an honor and a privilege.

Your interest is greatly appreciated.

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