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.