Documentary Family Photographers (DFP) is a global community, photography resource and education platform for photographers from all walks of life. The virtual exhibit showcases 39 images selected from photographers all over the world, and Megan Lefebvre is the only documentary family photographer from Canada featured in the Documentary Family Photographers Worldwide Life in 2021 exhibit.
Lefebvre’s photo is called Margot and her Baby, am image of her daughter at swimming lessons holding her doll.
“She always swims with that weird doll. She’s the only kid who does this,” says Lefebvre. “She’s only two, and she’s holding her while she’s doing her kicking on her back. And I kept thinking, I need to make a photo of this.”
Lefebvre has been doing professional documentary family photography for six months and is in the process of creating her website and portfolio. She’s been practicing photography as a hobby since she was a student at the University of British Columbia 20 years ago, however her interest began when she was a kid. She used to ride her bike around her cul-de-sac wearing a hand-me-down wedding veil, and she wished her parents had made a photo of her and her veil. This is where her passion for documentary family photography stems from. In a session, she’ll spend a day in the family’s home and act as a fly on the wall, capturing candid moments.
“I call it a day in the life,” says Lefebvre. “So I’ll just go to a client’s house and hang out with them and photograph their daily life. No posing, no directing, no turning on lights, no opening windows, nothing. Just documenting their real life.”
Lefebvre’s photo Margot and her Baby is available to view in the virtual Documentary Family Photographers Worldwide Life in 2021 exhibit until March 6.