What is a lifestyle session? I get that question a lot. So let me try to explain.
To me a lifestyle session is all about capturing your life in the moment. It’s NOT about having everyone sit pretty, smiling and looking at the camera. I know everyone *wants* a shot like that and we’ll definitely include it. It’s what defines traditional portrait photography, we are all *programmed* to look for that image where everyone is looking, smiling, happy. It’s the image you send to the grandparents, put on your holiday card, put in a frame to proudly show off on your desk. BUT is it the image that makes your heart sing? Does it show your connection, your love? To me, it’s hard to convey that connection in an image like that and this is exactly where lifestyle photography comes in. Here the focus is on emotions, true connections and interaction between family members, siblings, dads and daughters, moms and sons. It’s capturing that very moment you are in, the little games you play, songs you sing, expressions and little faces the kids are making and yes, even your toddler’s tantrums! You think those moments might be mundane, ordinary but they will be the exact things you will miss a year from now, gosh… 3 months from now when the kiddos have moved on to something else. I always felt that those ordinary moments are worth capturing, remembering, they are what defines our life.
Is it easy to do a lifestyle session? Yes and no, I think it’s certainly challenging and definitely requires some planning but if you are able to relax and let go of preconceived notions what a photo session should be like, it can also be a lot of fun. And you’ll be amazed at the results.
How do you best display images from a lifestyle session? There’s certainly not an one-fits-all type answer but I think arranging the images into an album or coffee table book is a wonderful way to keep them together. They belong together to tell your story. And when you page through that album a year or 10 years from now, it’ll bring you right back to that moment. I guarantee it!
Here’s a lifestyle session from last fall that I really loved. I ‘ve known this family since their daughter was a newborn and it’s certainly a privilege and honor to be able to see them grow. I loved hanging out with them and capturing some of those precious moments for them!
If you are interested in booking a lifestyle session for your family, I’d love to hear from you! (Contact me through the contact form above)