This weekend I spent some time with this amazing mom and her two girls. We were shooting lifestyle portraits in their home.You might be asking yourself. "What is a lifestyle session?"
My definition of a lifestyle session is a combination of documentary photography and classic portraiture. For this session I had mom pick out a few activities they like to do as a family. For them it was baking, reading and playing games. We decided to spend 20 minutes on each of these activities which resulted in an hour session.
What I really love about these sessions is that I get to engage with them in a more organic way. We aren't in the studio, or on location. There is no pressure to smile, sit pretty or pose for the camera. For children this is particularly important. As you can see from the photos, the smiles and silliness are genuine. After about ten minutes they barely acknowledged I was taking photos. While I did do a bit of directing, most of the time I was simply moving around observing and getting different angles and light. I like to think I am capturing the moments you want to get with your phone but miss them and the moment is gone. This mom told me she has very few photos of her and her daughters because she is always taking the photos.
I am really excited to shoot more of these sessions this year. For me the best photos from my childhood were the Polaroids my aunties took of me and my siblings. Oh the carefree 70's, amiright? LOL.
I want my clients to look back on this time in their lives fondly and see just how amazing baking cupcakes was in 2019.
It was a bit brisk the day of this session so we decided to head to our wonderful Lawrence Public Library. After greeting me at the door with his mamas in tow, he quickly decided to give me a tour of his favorite places, starting with Thomas the Train. These photos are a perfect example of a Lifestyle Family Session. I love these types of sessions because with a little observation you can capture some nice images. It’s also great for kiddos because they simply play and don’t have the restrictions of a studio session. The smiles are genuine and the images speak for themselves. This session was shot with my Nikon D800 with my 35mm lens. This is my favorite combo for lifestyle sessions because I can shoot wide shots as well as close up shots. It allows me to interact with the kids and have fun along with them to achieve genuine reactions.
This year I am am expanding my Lifestyle Sessions to clients homes. How neat would it be to have intimate photos of your family enjoying themselves hanging in your home? Look for more of these sessions in the next month. Head over to the family section to learn more about these sessions in my welcome guide.