Shop Small Series: This Is Family Photography & Film

You know those moments you just want to bottle up to keep forever? This Is Family Photography and Film gives the families they work with exactly that. 

"We are real, unfiltered, messy, and compassionate." boasts their website, and my guess is that you couldn't think of a better business to document your family, who may just have a little bit in common with that statement.

Jill Velasquez and Maggie Cuprisin (plus their "office maven" Nina Carter) of This is Family specialize in documentary style photography. In short, they capture all that is real and raw and an every day kind of beautiful you'll want to hold onto forever. 

Forget posing and uncomfortable outfits, Jill and Maggie capture you and your family in the comfort of your home and neighborhood, whether you're anxiously awaiting the arrival of a new little one, working hard through labor and delivery, savoring those tender first moments, days, and weeks with your new baby, or simply celebrating your family here and now.

The Chicago Doulas emphasizes the importance of continuity of care, and This is Family offers the very same thing. I don't know how someone can be both a quiet observer and intimately woven into your family's memories all at the same time, but Jill and Maggie do it with skill and expertise. There is nothing more amazing than inviting the same photographers to document your family's memories time and time again. And, just like The Chicago Doulas, Maggie and Jill come from an open, non-judgmental place. It's your story; they're just there to tell it.

Maggie says, "Everyone deserves to see those slivers of awesomeness in their life as we miss them when we get busy." Somehow she slows down time.

This Is Family offers:

  • Maternity sessions
  • Birth photography
  • Fresh 48 sessions
  • Family sessions, including a "Day in the Life"

Photo credit: This is Family Photography & Film