What is a “Lifestyle” plus tips for your session! Here it is! Lifestyle sessions are one of newest most up and coming styles of photography. “Lifestyle” refers to a particular style of photography that is much more interactive capturing more candid shots. They show movement and emotion! These sessions typically take place in your home, or a studio that is staged as a home environment such as a bedroom or family room. It can also take place in a location of your choice such as your local ice cream shop for an even more unique experience!
I usually tend to plan 2-3 fun activities for these family sessions so that when these images are captured, I’m creating not only a lifetime memory for your walls, but one that also shows emotion and natural, organic smiles! They are fun as well! Simple, static activities such as making fresh-squeezed lemonade as a family (see images below!), baking cookies as a family, a game of dominos, pillow fight or even something as simple as a tickle session on the family couch are fun ways to get some great images that are light and fresh!
Lifestyle photos do not just end with family sessions. Other great ideas are incorporating them with your engagement session; imagine: on a canoe loaded with beautiful flowers, or just one single flower in hand while snuggling up on your fiance as the two of you are floating off into your own dream land! Anniversary sessions can also be fun cuddling up on a blanket in the park having a picnic with your favorite glass of wine! Ideas are endless!
Styling and preparing for your Lifestyle sessions can be fun! With the help of my Signature Style Guide, the stresses that usually come with trying to find the right outfits so everyone looks their best and everyone looks like they belong, will melt away! I usually encourage outfits that are VERY “dressed up” for my normal portrait sessions because they photograph quite DREAMY! Because the camera loves dressy outfits, and due to the nature of the Lifestyle sessions, these CAN be a BIT more relaxed depending on the activity planned. If an activity such as dominos on the floor with your family is planned, a beautiful cream colored, oversized cable-knit, off the shoulder sweater pair with some skinny jeans for mom would be a perfect outfit example. A young daughter may also look amazing in a soft pink dress with unique textures paired with cute bow her hair. Incorporating layers and textures, make up, and pedicures (yes! The camera picks up on small details!) can set apart your images from all other images without them! It can make a photo go from good to AMAZING! My Signature Style Guide goes into detail for you to make the experience amazing, and it is COMPLIMENTARY to your session!