What is lifestyle photography?
Lifestyle sessions are quickly becoming a favorite of mine. I get a lot of questions about what "lifestyle photography" means, so I thought I'd take a moment to define it. Lifestyle sessions fall somewhere in the middle of posed portrait sessions and true photojournalism. It blends the candid with the staged. The goal is to tell a story about people in their own environment in a natural, authentic, yet artistic way.
My portrait sessions have always had an organic feel to them. I love being outside, and encourage people to wear things that make them comfortable or choose locations that hold some sort of meaning for them. I don't typically go for a prop-heavy, stylized look, so lifestyle sessions are a natural fit for me to offer. Lifestyle sessions aren't completely candid. Let's be honest - it takes a bit to adjust to having a lady with a camera following you around in your home, or at a farm, or wherever you choose to have your session. I do offer suggestions and work around the best light to make sure your photos look as good as possible. What I strive to capture are the moments that will make you look back and say "Oh my goodness, I remember when..." I want clients to look back on their sessions and remember how they felt, not just how they looked. Of course, I always include some posed, smiling portraits as well.
So what do you DO for a lifestyle session, exactly? Well, whatever you like. If you have a newborn baby, I will capture you snuggling, feeding, changing, and doing all the things that being at home with a new baby entails. You can pick something that your family loves to do, and we can build a session around that: gardening, cooking, playing with toys, fishing, you name it. By having the session in your home, your back yard, or at a place you love, we'll create portraits that convey the emotions of real moments and relationships that will be treasured by your family for years to come.
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