What is a Storytelling Photography Session? (Everything you need to know)

An alternative to The traditional photo session.

Ever think to yourself, "I should to hire a photographer"? and then you are immediately assaulted by the stress of picking outfits, arranging schedules, visions of crying children bribed by lollipops while trying to hold a squirming toddler and looking at the camera standing in a grouping you'd never stand in in real life, all the while trying to act "real" and "natural" and "candid" but nothing about this situation is real, or natural, or candid? 

If you can relate to that description above, and hate the thought of going through another photo sessions like that, then I have great news for you.


My storytelling sessions are nothing like that. 

What is a Storytelling Session? 

A storytelling session is a unique photographic experience for the modern family. Typically described as a ‘documentary' or a 'day-in-the-life' session these can take place inside your home or at a favorite family location. These typically happen over the course of a day or evening, and are all about photographing what your life looks like NOW.

It is not an interview—I will not sit you down and ask you all of your deep dark secrets.

It is not a series of photoshoots over the course of time. 

It is not a photo session with excess embellishments or props. 


This session is ALL about the interaction and documentation of your family just as they are.

This can be anything that makes your heart warm up a bit whenever you think of it.  Maybe it's a walk to your favorite pizza joint, the perfect bonfire spot in the woods that you and your husband adore, or the comfort of your own home allowing the kids' chaos to ensue.


As your photographer, my goal is to help YOU document your lives. We'll chat together before your session about what you and your family members do and enjoy doing, and together we'll craft a session that perfectly describes you and your family, creating a time capsule of sorts; displaying exactly where your family is at this particular stage in your lives. 


These types of photographs are particularly raw and moving because they truly are a reflection of your life. 

In other words, this is not a one-size-fits all, you'll be investing in a custom experience that all—and I do mean ALL—of your family members will enjoy.

Cooking, reading, playing, snuggling, OR outside exploring Hawaii’s beautiful hikes, even capturing what a beach day looks like for you, you'll receive a series of images telling the entire story just how you want to remember it. We are going to capture those ordinary, everyday moments together, and make them into absolutely extraordinary and meaningful keepsakes. 



  • There is no posing. 
  • You don't have to perfectly coordinate matching outfits.
  • You don't even have to worry about everybody looking at the camera all at the same time.
  • You'll get to enjoy a meaningful time with your family, low-stress and full of fun
  • EVERY member of your family gets to be in the frame (instead of having one person always behind the camera capturing memorable family events)
  • AND for the record, you are going to LOVE these photos.
  • BUT if you're still on the fence about this, I can always take one posed group photo at the end of each session, because those are important too. 

That sounds awesome—but maybe kind of awkward?

The thing is, it's totally fun. I think once you meet me you'll realize that I am a relaxed, friendly and easy-going person, and I genuinely love and enjoy these storytelling sessions for families to remember for years to come.

Believe me, it's going to feel really natural. I'm not going to be creepily lurking around the corners. I'm relatable and my sessions feel more like hanging out with a friend. Trust me! We'll chat and laugh and I'll just take pictures of meaningful moments that happen while we're together. We'll just keep it real.

Additionally, you don't have to worry about being photographed with your mouth hanging open full of food, or concerned I'm going to photograph you in utterly unflattering moments. 


I come into a home with full respect of the family members, with your desires at heart.

My camera searches for meaning, moments conveying relationship and connection, as well as photographs to help convey a story, and a sense of place. I'll take photos of things you didn't even know you wanted, and you'll be so glad for it. We'll have open conversations about this and any insecurities you may have before your session. 

My favorite ever client response from a storytelling session was from the husband. He said, "wow, that was way less awkward than I thought it was going to be—actually, that was really fun!".


Okay, But, My Life is too Boring

I disagree with you. And I don't even know you. AND deep down you know it too. Life isn't about having extremely crazy stimulating experiences every day. That'd feel like the drop-off of a roller-coaster your entire life. Ugh!

Your life is beautiful, even in seemingly mundane moments. Ultimately, you know the people around you are the most important part of your life. Having the ability to document their true, real, totally unscripted personalities is much more meaningful than a perfectly posed photo will ever be. 


So—Ready to take the Next Step?

Send me a message. I'll give you a call back within 48 hours, you can talk to a real human being. It's super low pressure. You can talk to me about your questions and concerns about this type of photo session, and you'll be able to tell right away whether or not I'm a good fit for documenting your family.



Amber DeCicco

Amber DeCicco Photography, Haleiwa, HI 96712