Let's Try Some Documentary Photography
The kids have two days off school. What to do? Let's head to the Museum of Natural History and try our hand at documentary photography. As a mom of three active kids, I realized years ago that posed portraits don't happen very often. When I embraced documentary photography to capture their childhood, I quickly realized that I actually really love this style. Telling the story of childhood in modern day Los Angeles county through photographs is one of the main reasons I keep reaching for my camera. These kids of mine will have a childhood very different than my own and I just love capturing it.
So, when we decided to venture to the LA County Museum of Natural History, I grabbed my camera, an extra wide angle lens and got ready to capture photos of my kids surrounded by cool dinosaurs and awesome architecture. Before we even got in the car, I browsed the museum's website to get an idea of what exhibits we'd want to see. On the drive there, I planned the "story" of our visit and planned some of the shots. Not "planned" in that I'm posing anyone but "planned" in that I figured out my camera settings, the expected lighting and where I'd stand to "tell our story."
When you see documentary photography, don't fall into thinking that it's 100% unplanned. The activities are definitely unposed, undirected and free to do what they want. However, the photographer always has their own "story" or point of view they're trying to tell. My point of view I was planning was a kids-eye-view of a huge museum. So, here's the story of my kids' visit to the museum.
Of course we found some pretty windows. Architectural photos were one of my highlights at the museum. Cute kids next to graphic light and dark shapes are awesome.
Is it surprise that my daughter volunteered to touch this triceratops during the dinosaur show? She had such a fun time!