What story do you want to tell?
The Documentary Approach
Documentary style photography is the art of making photographs that are unposed and generally uninfluenced by the photographer. It is a way of creating photographs that show the reality of your beautiful, messy, chaotic & amazing life in an unscripted manor. More important to being unscripted is the emotion and realness that comes from this genre. It is genuine, lighthearted, perceptive and images made of your family tell your own authentic story. The photographs celebrate personality and show you so much more than what someone looks like in a studio. This photojournalistic approach is a real way to feel appreciation for the uniqueness of your sweet everyday.
I’ve never had a shoot like this where I didn’t have to dress up or stress out about it. It was actually just really enjoyable and super easy to have my photo taken which is not something I generally enjoy. When I saw the photos for the first time I definitely cried. - RACHEL S
Located just minutes from Brighton & Hove, Dautlich Photography specialises in modern storytelling portraits for families that value moments from their everyday life and brands that want stronger connection to their customers.
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!!
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.
I invite you to give me the honour of telling your beautiful story! You just have to decide what kind of story you’d like to tell?
April is so talented. She came to our house and the whole session was so fun and relaxed, she was snapping away as we went about our usual routine. However, she captured the very essence of our family life. Looking at the photos afterwards, she managed to capture emotions and beauty and memories that I want to bottle and keep forever from a very ordinary day in our life. She has a true talent for finding beauty in the everyday and I highly recommend her. She is so easy to work with and professional. She’s a very special photographer.
Each and every photograph that April presented to us made us laugh or feel instantly nostalgic. I've never known anyone yet who has managed to capture my 4 year old mid-flight, launching himself off the top of a climbing frame - April entered our world and saw things we miss even as parents in the mad daily rush that is our life. It's just an incredible privilege to have these moments to keep forever. This session was the one time I made it into any shots with my kids - it's something that I think will mean a lot to them when they get older. I know I wish I had more pictures of me and my mum from when I was little!