One of the main reasons I was so interested in living and working in Saigon, Vietnam in particular, was because of the expat community that lives here. I love capturing images
of families, and they have become the main focus of my photography business. Maybe my years of being a nanny and babysitter has made it so I just naturally gravitate towards children or maybe it's because I think capturing memories that will be cherished by relatives and loved ones for years is so important, but either way, family photography is my current niche!
I don't think I would have ever expected that a decade ago, but that's how life works, eh?!
Western, international, and expatriate families are who I aggressively market after the most for a few reasons: the language barrier isn't an issue, they have probably not had a family photo in a few years or had one that highlights the amazing country they currently find themselves in, and there's a level o comfortability on both sides of the lens. If I could travel to and from military bases, embassy posts, and large corporate compounds around the world as an official expat family photographer, I would be the happiest girl in the world!
Hmm, how do I make this a reality?! Suggestions welcome...
Danielle Desnoyers is a traveling freelance photographer with a focus on humanitarian, travel, and family photography. She currently splits her time between the United States and Vietnam with travels to other countries as well.