Lifestyle photos are documentary images, they chronicle events that are happening and they display real raw emotion.
I love photographing a large variety of different things, from landscapes to newborns. However, one type of photography that’s been gaining steam for family portrait photographers is the “lifestyle session.” I’ve done some lifestyle newborn sessions which I absolutely adore. Don’t get me wrong, I love a tiny little newborn in an itty bitty basket with plush blankets and a few cute props, but a lifestyle newborn session brings the “realness” of having a new baby to the viewers’ eyes.
I’ve done a ton of lifestyle portraits of my own family. Who can turn down adorable free models, right? And when you’re not asking them to pose it’s a lot easier, as my kids quickly developed PCS (photographer’s child syndrome).
I’m really excited to be doing more lifestyle sessions coming up. Posed family photos are great and can capture beautiful smiles and the warmth between family members. But there is a lot to be said for documenting the tears, the messes, and the natural interactions between mom and dad or brother and sister.
Here are some recent photos I took of my kids making cookies. When I showed some of them to my dear husband he said, “it looks like our house is a mess!” Well, my dearest, it was (is?)! And that’s what it’s all about. When I have these photos printed and I look back at them in 20 years, I’m not going to be commiserating the mess that was our kitchen, I’m going to be looking back with joy on my precious little kids acting like, well, KIDS, eating raw cookie dough off the floor and poking their sibling with a broom.
If you’re in the Northeast Ohio area and want me to capture the grins, bumps, tears, hugs, and laughs of you and your family, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org