When I mention I do lifestyle photography, I'm often met with looks of confusion mixed with intrigue. What exactly does "lifestyle photography" mean? Good question! I've often had a hard time describing it to people because to me, it's more of a feeling. The way a client feels at a session. The way I feel taking the photos. The way others feel when they see the final images.
I've always loved photojournalism. I love the candid nature of it. Always have. Perhaps that's what draws me to lifestyle photography and its editorial quality. One lifestyle portrait should immediately be able to tell a story about the people in the image & in their environment. This is achieved in a natural, organic way. That's not to say I don't put thought into each session. However, rather than posing clients and telling everyone, "Say cheese!" (ugh!) I just sit back and wait for moments. I feel that moments really do happen if you just sit and wait. If you over stage a session and worry too much about perfection, the images will almost always not come off as a real moment. It's those real moments I try to capture. A laugh. A look. A grin. A tear. This may be achieved by letting kids play, telling a couple to hold hands and just walk through a field & talk or by watching a groom as he sees his bride for the first time on their wedding day. It's all about the moment.
So there you have it. My two cents on what I mean by lifestyle photography. I'm not a great writer (that honor belongs to my husband & brother...both great with words) so I will let my images speak for me now.
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