About April - Engaging Storytelling Photographer

April Dautlich in a nutshell- Snuggle Addict, Early Riser (not by choice), Beach Fanatic, Podcast Junkie, Chocolate Chip Cookie Connoisseur, Road Trip Enthusiast, Vitamin D Worshiper, Story Teller, Memory Seeker, Gin & Tonic Aficionado, Salsa Making Expert, Magic Believer, Rainbow Hunter

April Dautlich in a nutshell- Snuggle Addict, Early Riser (not by choice), Beach Fanatic, Podcast Junkie, Chocolate Chip Cookie Connoisseur, Road Trip Enthusiast, Vitamin D Worshiper, Story Teller, Memory Seeker, Gin & Tonic Aficionado, Salsa Making Expert, Magic Believer, Rainbow Hunter

Have you turned your head lately and wondered where did ALL THE TIME go? Have you wondered how you all of a sudden have multiple people tugging on you and asking you for things before your coffee has even had a chance to hit your system, why there are cheerios stuck in your hair and what you just stepped on that was sticky?! If you nodded yes to any of these things, I’m here to help you bottle up your precious days before you blink again and those same little people are moving out of the house.

I’m April and I’m a documentary style photographer with a photojournalistic approach. I capture authentic moments from your everyday life that you want to be able to cherish and recall forever. Nothing staged, posed or cheesy will happen on my watch. I spend an ordinarily lovely family day with you and turn it into magical images that will give your kids a reason to arm wrestle over them when they’re older. And you’ll have a reason to sit down with a (hot) cup of coffee and take a stroll down a memory lane that feels like a getting giant hug.

I make photographs that tell a story. Sometimes it’s a story through lots of photos and sometimes one photo will pack enough story punch to win a competition. I’ve won awards, but the best gift I give is your truth and your memories in beautiful pictures. Let’s face it. When your kids look back at your family albums in 30 years they’re not going to care how many likes you got on your facebook posts. They’re going to care about the moments and the relationships printed on those priceless pieces of paper.

Your magical and meaningful story can be told in 3 easy steps.
1) Your consultation to chat about your amazing family and what’s important to you.
2) A fab day spent with your family just being yourselves (I’ll simply tag along to photograph it).
3) View your story and order the photos you love. I dare you not to cry.
That’s it. Easy Peasy!!

I invite you to allow me to tell your beautiful story! You just get to decide what kind of story you want to tell.

If you don’t get in touch now, another month or year will fly by before you know it. Take your family’s memories by the horns and preserve what’s special to you NOW before you blink again and your coffee IS hot and you don’t have an album to walk down memory lane with.


 
The Mara family walks home from the coffee shop on a Saturday morning during their natural photo session.

About You - Lover of Everyday Moments

You DON'T feel the need to dress like your family or stand in a weird awkward pose while your toddler screams for a treat and tears their shirt off. You DON'T want a photograph that is staged or unnatural looking just so you can see what people look like wearing coordinating outfits. You already know you can see them every day. You're not interested in photos of your family so they will get the most likes on instagram. You might love getting lost in Pinterest, but you don’t feel the need to have a Pinterest perfect family photo. You want your family to look like your family.

You ARE amazing. Obviously. You treasure all the little moments in your life from calm to chaos. You are head over heals IN LOVE with your family and the relationships you maintain. Memories and experiences are high on your priority list and having a photograph that reflects a genuine emotional connection is way more interesting to you than a staged portrait. You believe in the value of photographs as a way to cherish your real life memories and appreciate the greatness that surrounds you everyday.

If this sounds like you. You've just found your photographer.


The Photochronicle Project

The Photochronicle Project is a program I created to grant families with a parent or child dealing with a terminal illness an opportunity to have a day in their life documented in its current state. Photographs are a treasure. They are our children’s heritage to our life as it is now. They offer us the ability to recall tiny but priceless nuances in our lives. I offer the gift of a documentary photo session for families not able to afford this luxury in a time when holding on to their now is more important than ever. Get in touch with me here for more information about the Photochronicle Project.

To see a couple of client stories that document a lovely visual on what you might expect from a photo session check out The Apostolov Family and The Mara Family. If you'd like to find out more about what documentary style photography is, visit my photography style page


 
Documentary Family Photographer