How to Daycare Documentary Photography...for staff:
I'll come most likely during Free Play and photograph for couple of hours.
You do exactly what you typically do and I'm along for the ride!
Over the next week or so I will edit those images and deliver them over Dropbox or Download on my website.
Use these images in your program to support your children!
You could: make documentary walls with quotations, use in portfolios, print stories, help with breaking down a transition, use in games or activities - use these photos!
*My disclaimer is - if images are to be used as art or will be up on walls for any length of time, I will need to print at a cost to daycare.
The good stuff!:
Show up and be yourself.
Consider signing the model release permission so that I can share images of you doing all those awesome things you do! I will be using these photos for critiques and competition.
Be invested in and engaged with the children in your care.
Collaborate with me to use these images in the best way possible for your program. Tell me how you intend to use them in your program.
Expect me to float between rooms during the time I’m at your daycare.
Question me as I photograph because documenting children is a learned skill and I think we can grow together.
Know that photojournalism can bring sensitive topics "to the top". I will always have a conversation about what I'm photographing and why. It’s an excellent opportunity to explore our personal ethics and values.
Understand that unless I see a child in immediate danger, I will not intervene. It is my job to document. So, step over or around me to do your job. This is supposed to be real life and real can be messy.
Talk to me, call me, email me, follow me (engage with me) on social media.
Get on Google and search Family Photojournalism or Family Documentary Photography. It's an incredible genre and very relevant to what's happening in daycare. These photogs validate the fleeting moments of the child. The ones that if you've been around in early childhood long enough, you can often predict. But, to that child, it's theirs. Their first or a characteristic that we define him or her by, or maybe something we've misunderstood. It's super cool! You tell me your fave photogs and I'll tell you mine.
This can be amazing if we’re all dedicated participants. It’s fun and at times emotional. I'm documenting what you see and value everyday and it can really tug at our heart strings. Just being reflective -there have been tears and that's something that we should embrace. I can get emotional too. When you cry; I cry. Then we all cry. I have also been humbled by a 3 year old calling it like it is! Thank you 3 year olds for keepin’ it real!