Defining the Art

Lifestyle photography is a genre of photography that mainly aims to capture portraits of people in situations, real-life events or milestones in an artistic manner and the art of the everyday. The primary goal is to tell stories about people's lives or to inspire people in different times. Thus, it covers multidisciplinary types of photography together.

Even though lifestyle photography is about telling a story and documenting the subject’s natural environment, lighting and posing still plays a huge factor. Lifestyle photography is "posed" in an informal way such that the photographer gives some prompts and then documents the natural responses and candid moments that follow. Most lifestyle photographers prefer to position their subjects strategically in natural lighting for a “real-life” effect, but some often use external lighting as well in a manner that looks as if it was pre-existing in the environment.

Essentially, lifestyle photography is the halfway point between posed portrait sessions and candid documentary photography. In lifestyle photography, you try to capture life as it is, but instead of waiting for perfect, everyday moments to happen, you plan a photo shoot that will naturally create those moments.

Why I Love It

This form of photography not only gives myself, as the photographer, the freedom to capture anything and everything that happens so that nothing precious is missed, but it also gives YOU the freedom to be yourselves and actually enjoy your pictures being taken. True emotion is so much more precious and memorable than a posed photograph. I want you to love the way you love, and feel the way you feel about your finished photos. I want you to have a great experience that isn't so formal and stuffy, keeping you wanting more and hey, maybe bringing a tear to your eye.

Candid moments are so valuable, and allow me to be creative with my edits which in turn, creates ART rather than a true portrait. I love capturing the natural moments that happen in between me giving direction, such as the picture above where they weren't actually paying any attention to was skipping rocks behind them and I snapped a few of those, too! I want you to go "WOW that picture is stunning," or "oh my goodness look how genuinely happy we are in that photo," rather than "awww look at our perfectly cute & posed smiling family"....or maybe a little of all of the above. :)

The camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera.

Dorothea lange