Lifestyle family photography is about being intentional with light and posing.
Lifestyle photography sits somewhere in the middle of posed studio photography and true documentary (where you don’t do any posing whatsoever). I am looking for areas with the beautiful light that will add to your photo, and posing you in ways that portray connection and emotion – whether it’s a playful or intimate moment with your family. Although moments may look candid in photos, I have guided each family to get them to that place where the emotion or response is organic.
If you’re afraid you’re not “natural” in front of the camera, do not let that stop you. I am there helping you every step of the way.
There is lots of movement during a lifestyle family photo session.
Kids love to move, explore, and play, not sit still and smile at the camera. A lifestyle family photo session allows for plenty of movement. In fact, it thrives with movement. Families will dance, play, run, throw rocks, and even spin in circles. This movement both photographs beautifully, but it brings out genuine smiles and keeps kids interested and engaged in our time together.
Locations are chosen with purpose.
Family photo sessions can either take place in your home or on location at a local public park. The locations we choose will have a purpose. I regularly scout my locations to see how the light falls within the space, to ensure they aren’t too crowded, and that there is plenty to do. To make the most of a family session we want a space with a field to run in, or a river to toss rocks into, or a trail to explore. If weather isn’t permitting an outdoor location, or you just want an in-home lifestyle session, we are able to capture where your life happens.
What can you expect from me during your lifestyle family photo session?
I will guide you through the entire process, from booking to using your photos. Once you book your session I help you select the right location, proving tips on what to wear for family photos – and even reviewing outfit ideas if you’re still having trouble deciding on which top to put your son in. During your session I guide you through poses and positions watching the light, while acknowledging your children’s personalities, and your special family dynamics. After your session I will send you a little sneak peek (because I know you’re dying to see how they turned out).. Within 2-3 weeks you will receive your gallery of at least 75 final images (edited in both color and black and white) at which point I will begin work on designing your family album. In the end, you can expect to receive a collection of images that capture your family beautifully and artistically while keeping true to who you are right now.
I hope that helps you get a clearer idea of what lifestyle family photography truly is. If you still have questions, please don’t hesitate with any questions. Before you book a session with any photographer, make sure their style, beliefs, and experience is in line with what you’re looking for. Ready for a lifestyle family photo session?