A lifestyle photography session, defined by good ol’ Wikipedia, is “a style of portrait / people photography which aims to capture and document real-life events, situations, or milestones in an artistic manner and the art of the everyday.”
If you’ve worked with me before, you may be thinking hmmm… but isn’t that what we did during our sessions in the past? Most likely, YES. But, there were also a lot of Pinterest boards thrown at me that made me feel the pressure that either A. my work wasn’t what you were looking for, or B. you wanted something that I couldn’t give you…. like I can’t just make mountains or an ocean appear in the middle of the midwest- no matter how good of an artist I am ;).
I started to get inspired from a workshop that I attended, Visual Collective by Dear Photographer. I didn’t think it would have as big of an impact on me as it did, but I started itching to shoot the styles that I learned more about.
So one day there was a model call for couples without children to do a lifestyle session. I volunteered my husband, Zac, and I to do it. The photographer (who I am now friends with- shoutout to Lisa, heyyy Lisa!!) came over, and took pictures of us cooking, and snuggling. That was it. And Zac and I literally remember that day and look back on those pictures like it was just such an amazing morning.
It doesn’t take much to look at your life differently. Sometimes all it takes is someone on the outside to show you how beautiful it is. So like I said before, I encourage you to embrace the messy, and mundane, and see the beauty in what’s there. You’ll be so thankful that these memories are YOUR memories. Life is too short to have boring, posed, Pinterest perfect lives. Let me capture you in all of your realness, that’s what lifestyle photography is all about.
My take on sessions now is a lot different than what it used to be. I truly base the session off of our connection, and the connection your family has with each other. I want to be inspired by your world, and tell the story of your moments to turn them into memories. I will still get that one or two “look here and smile” photos, but I add a documentary twist to the sessions.