This is a great question and one that I’ve been trying to find a simple answer to for many years. Recently I stumbled over a fellow documentary photographer’s blog post and his answer was so great I wanted to share it. This is the reason why family photography is so expensive. It is wonderfully written by the talented Thomas of Day In Life Storytelling Photography. You can find a link to the exact article here, and his home page here. Note: All photographs in post are the work of Thomas or Мария Струтинская.