Lifestyle photography means many things to different people. Some view it as a stylized way of conducting photo sessions. Others view it as a way of capturing the details in situations as an alternate way of taking a portrait -- for instance, taking photos of little hands at play instead of the child's face. I've also heard it referred to as a re-naming of the documentary or candid style of shooting.
I am drawn to the definition provided on Wikipedia:
"Lifestyle photography is a kind of photography which mainly aims to capture portrait/people in situations, real-life events or milestones in an artistic manner and the art of the everyday."
To me, lifestyle photography is a marriage between documentary photography and fine art portraiture.
I love lifestyle photography because it allows me to capture the authenticity of my family and clients naturally, without any kind of uncomfortable or forced posing.
Photographed during a party, my neice was interacting with her mother while her cousins played in the background. Image taken at f/5.0, SS 1/100, ISO 450 using Nikon D600 and 50mm 1.8 lens.
If you enjoy photography and have never tried lifestyle, I would highly recommend it, especially if you're a parent. Here's why:
1. Lifestyle photography gives you the opportunity to document your everyday life and special events in a real, honest way.
Your photos can become an important part of family records, telling stories of how life was for your family at this point in history. It's a powerful realization to know that your photos can be passed down to future generations as treasured heirlooms.
2. The lifestyle approach allows you to capture your family having fun while they enjoy themselves.
It gives you the opportunity to savor those special moments without interrupting their activities and gives them the freedom to be themselves without being self-conscious -- what a wonderful gift!
3. Lifestyle photography allows you to capture both the big picture and little details of your everyday happenings, to give a complete view of your family's life.
Go ahead and capture those times when your kids are messy but having so much fun! Don't interrupt them to get them to look at your camera with a forced smile -- that stops the magic! Just let them enjoy themselves, grab your camera and enjoy the ride!
Now that I've shared some information on what lifestyle photography is all about, I look forward to sharing tips on how best to capture your children and family with a lifestyle approach! Stay tuned for more details!
Learn more about my approach to authentic lifestyle family client sessions on the Annie Dash Photography website!