According to Wikipedia, lifestyle photography is “a kind of photography which mainly aims to capture portrait/people in situations, real-life events or milestones in an artistic manner and the art of the everyday. The primary goal is to tell stories about people’s life or to inspire people in different times.” For me, this means that its somewhere between traditional posed portraiture, and photo-journalistic styled photography.
As your lifestyle photographer, my goal is to capture the real emotion that happens between poses. This is my style of Lifestyle portraiture. During a session, I will manufacture the stage for these emotion filled moments, in much the same way as a traditional photographer would. Together, my clients and I decide on a setting, time of day (usually based on the light conditions of the agreed upon location), and we talk about what to wear. But what may be slightly different from a more classic portrait session is things unfold in a much more organic manner. When photographing my daughters recently (seen above and below), I wanted to capture the “fun” of being a kid. We hang out in our pajamas a lot, so since this is our style, we rolled with it. I let the girls playing together with very little intervention or direction from me. Much the same way I photograph children in a clients home. Every now and then I give direction like “give your sister a hug” or “lets sing a song”, but its never forced. We just go with the flow.
Lifestyle sessions can happen any where. But I absolutely love shooting in my clients homes. After all, that is where you spend most of your time and are most comfortable. I capture both the every day tasks of being a kid, parent, or couple, as well as set the stage for some not so ordinary things to happen. Pillow fight anyone??
But the main goal is always to convey emotion and tell a story.
As a creative, I often deliver many of my lifestyle images in black and white. For me, nothing tells a story better than a black and white image.
Now that you know what lifestyle photography looks like, let me share a list of what you can and can’t expect from your session.
I WILL ALWAYS:
- help you choose the best location, whether inside your home or at an outside location, for your images.
- make suggestions to get things rolling in an organic way. These suggestions will be based off of your likes and dislikes and could include things like playing board games, making a craft, cooking a meal, story time, or simply playing outside
- help you decide on wardrobe. Don’t worry about buying anything new, you already own something that is both good looking and comfortable, I promise
- photograph you and your family in a truly authentic light
I ALMOST NEVER:
- pose you for an image. Instead I will give you an action to do and photograph you moving into that action or the action itself
- ask you to smile at the camera. I want to capture the genuine interaction between you and your family. That doesn’t happen inside my camera. Of course, I do love it when I catch a glance, but even those moments aren’t planned or forced.
- suggest you include props. In my honest opinion, if an item doesn’t function in the image, it probably doesn’t belong there.
Now that you know what lifestyle photography is, and how I approach this style of photography with my clients, I hope that you are excited to capture some real life of your own.What do you think of this type of photography? Could you incorporate this into your photo wall or album at home? Share your thoughts with me in the comments below.