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Documentary Photography | Charlotte Photographer Jamie Lucido

Documentary Photography | Charlotte Photographer, Jamie Lucido

I fell in love with documentary photography several decades ago.  Those surprise moments that make you feel something.  That tell the story of a place, a time, a person..  Long before I ever picked up a camera of my own, I devoured documentary films, books, and images.  I love the perfectly captured moment just as much as anyone, but pure documentary- where the photographer does not direct the scene at all, and captures the story of the moment cleanly and elegantly- its almost magic.

Once I became a parent, I knew that I would enjoy documenting everyday life with the kids.  But I didn’t realize how much it would move me.  I keep several cameras staged around the house, in case I walk in on a scene I want to remember, and I shoot every day.  In that way, I’ve begun a collection I hope to one day give to my children so that they can see their childhood as I did.. one beautiful, messy, joyous leap of faith.

Sharing some favorites here.. my kids are mostly oblivious to me holding a camera, but sometimes they’ll look directly at me when they’re in the midst of something, and I’ll capture that too.  I choose moment over consistent lighting patterns, or personal comfort zone.  These were taken at all times of day and location, so these all look different from each other, but taken as a whole, they’re a pretty good summary of our days.   <3

Do yourself and your children the service of capturing everyday life.  365’s are where it’s at.  A large body of work, capturing the messy, the imperfect, real life as it happens.  Get it with your cell phones, your ‘real camera’, whatever you’ve got- just get it.  Because those are the moments that will make you laugh in 10 years.  Those are the ‘good old days’, as they really were.  They are priceless.

If you are interested in capturing documentary photography of your family, contact me to chat details.  Let me show you how beautiful your story is!

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Documentary Photography | Charlotte Photographer, Jamie Lucido

Jamie Lucido is a family and wedding photographer based in Charlotte, NC.  Serving the Charlotte, Belmont, and Lake Norman areas including: South Park, Myers Park, Midwood, Berewick, Madison Park, Stonehaven, Dilworth, Starmount, Kingsbridge, Cameron Wood, NoDa, Commonwealth, Barclay Downs, Ballantyne, Highland Creek, Eastover, Foxcroft, Montibello, Wendover-Sedgewood, Hembstead, Park Crossing, Mountainbrook, Freedom Park, Providence Crossing, Denver, Davidson, Matthews, Ft. Mill, Waxhaw, Tega Kay, and vacation destinations worldwide.

Jamie Lucido offers family, wedding/engagement, and documentary photography.  Jamie’s style is to focus on beautiful light and meaningful connections, for artistic and natural images.

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  1. Hannah says:

    Umm I straight up adore every single one of these. Documentary family sessions are my favorite and you are so talented at them!

  2. Laurie says:

    You are an amazing family photographer. I love these adorable children. I think my favorite is the one in the drawer.

  3. Nichole Meredith says:

    If I’m ever in Charlotte you will be the Charlotte photographer I contact for a session! My favorite images are the black and white portraits in the beginning! They are such great moments!

  4. Heidi Wells says:

    WOW WOW WOW! You are so talented. You really told a story in such a beautiful way through these images.

  5. Steph says:

    These are so gorgeous! If we are in need of a Charlotte photographer we know who to call!

  6. Oh my goodness… SO many I adore. The baby butts, the potty shot, the sitting in the drawer… As a Mom, I would cherish these more than anything!! So beautifully done! <3

  7. Melissa says:

    I love that these are mostly black and white–so documentary and timeless!

  8. Stevie says:

    These are so fabulous and special!!!! You are such a talented Family photographer!!

  9. Winnie says:

    What a beautiful documentary session! Love the emotions you’ve captured

  10. Hilary says:

    I love the idea of capturing everyday life! The good, the bad, and the messy. So true, you’ll want those memories later!

  11. Alekandra says:

    I love documentary sessions! I’m still waiting for my chance to document a family other than mine 🙂

  12. Amina Ford says:

    These are so beautiful! I love the idea of keeping cameras all over the house! That way you never miss a moment! Love that!

  13. Aida says:

    You absolutely captured special moments in this documentary style photography. The dog is adorable…and of course the kids are the cutest!

  14. EJ says:

    That first photo’s composition is so cool! Love the documentary style family session!

  15. Melissa Hirsch says:

    Dang, these are SO good! Lovely lovely work xo

  16. Sarah says:

    Fellow mama here, and I’m totally tearing up. These are beautiful! I’ve never thought about having cameras on the ready around the house… that’s an AWESOME idea!! Thank you for that!!

  17. Kerlyn Van Gelder says:

    These are incredible documentary photos! They are going to love looking at these when they get older. It’s sure to bring a smile to their faces!

  18. Emily Moore says:

    Oh my gosh these are incredible!! I seriously laughed out loud when I saw the dog with the funnel on it’s head, and then when I saw all of the baby bums — I just lost it. I’m envious of your gift to see all of these really special moments of everyday life and portray it in such an artistic way! You truly have a gift — your work is just beautiful!

  19. sarah says:

    As a momma of two girls, documentary photography is so important to me, something that can preserve the beauty of my daughters childhood forever!

  20. Naomi says:

    Oh my gosh these kids are the cutest. I love how you capture them, your composition and style are great!

  21. Kelly says:

    These are so good! Love the documentary feeling

  22. Benretta says:

    These are so fun!! I love these. If my babies were smaller I would have loved more memories like these

  23. april says:

    I absolutely love this lifestyle session, these are so adorable!

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