Lifestyle Photography…what’s that? (Part One)
One of my nieces very first sentences was, “What’s that?” Â And literally she would point at EVERYTHING and say, “What’s that?” Â So if you were going to babysit her you would constantly be identifying object after object. Â And so it made me wonder if maybe you were cruising my website and saw something about lifestyle photography and thought…what’s that? Â Just as I did for my niece, I will do my best to explain!
Let’s start from the beginning at photography school. Â If you haven’t read about my journey in getting to photography school you can read about it HERE and HERE and HERE. Â Now in photography school we could specialize in the three areas of commercial, portrait or journalism. Â As I progressed through my schooling I met with all of my professors and none of them really knew how to advise me in my specialization because my style had such a unique twist. Â To save my sanity rather than specializing in all three, I decided to try my hand at two of them, portrait and journalism. Â Portrait photography being the photography of people usually in a posed situation. Â Journalism photography, or photojournalism, being the photography the depicts a story through its images. Â So is there a way to combine both of my loves? Â Could I possibly take portraits of people while simultaneously telling a story? Â That’s where lifestyle comes in. Â It’s a beautiful combination of both styles by telling a story while creating unique portraits.
How does it work? Â A lifestyle session is a session where a family, couple or an individual does an activity they love, and I just tag along on the activity and shoot images as they do their favorite activity. Â Let me give you a couple examples. Â First, my husband and I, we love ice cream. Â I mean like it’s a food group around our house. Â So a perfect lifestyle session for us would be for a photographer to follow us out to our favorite ice cream joint. Â Second, let’s just say a couple had their first child. Â A lifestyle session would be me following them around their home for an hour or two and photograph them feeding that beautiful child, laying them down for a snooze, calming them if they get upset, and just honestly staring at them as discover each other. Â Third, remember that niece of mine? She now has three sisters. Â And you can often find them playing dress up or Barbies. Â So one day last spring I followed them around playing Barbies and dress up. Â Lastly, let’s take a family. Â And their absolute favorite thing to do is bake cookies or play a short game of football in the backyard. Â You got it? Â I come in and photograph that cookie baking progress or the game of football in the backyard. Â Fun huh? Â That is exactly what I have found – that lifestyle sessions are an absolute blast. Â Because let’s be honest, a portrait session can be fun too but it can also get us all a bit stressed out. Â The only reason I know this is because I have been on the other side of the camera and you first worry about what to wear and will our outfits work together and how should I do my hair and where should we go for a location and are my kids going to behave? Â You know what I mean? Â So with lifestyle sessions, it seems to eliminate so much of the stress and creates a whole lot more fun! Â And the images? Â Well, you’ll have to wait until next week when I will feature one of my favorite lifestyle sessions.