You've made it this far to my blog, which must mean you've seen some images that have caught your attention along the way.
You've made comments like,
"I just love how really your photos are"
"I like that not everyone is looking at the camera"
"Such genuine smiles."
What these comments are referring to is what we call Lifestyle and Documentary photography.
It's the unposed, the real, the good bad and ugly. It's the true story that is unique to every family.
When you see these pictures, you love them!
But is a lifestyle session for your family?
Here's a little guide to help you decide!
1. Do you love the idea of not having to keep your kids smiling and looking at a camera?
Kids will be kids. And that's what I love about lifestyle photography. I go at the pace of your little ones. If they don't want to sit-we don't sit. We run, we play, we do the things that give them natural smiles.
2. Do you want to remember your family as they are right now?
What personalities do your kiddos have today? How does your husband look at you right now? What little details do you know are changing and want to freeze in time just a little bit? These are the details that I will capture in your session. And while I always get one shot of "Everyone looking at the camera," 99% of your session will not be that. It will be all of the tiny details of now.
3. Do you feel the need to have everyone matching in your images?
If so, lifestyle sessions may not be for you. Although, I suspect that matching is more of a go-to because you aren't sure what everyone should wear. I style all of my clients! It's part of your experience with me. I help you think through which colors, styles and textures will photograph best in certain settings and backdrops. I use wardrobe to add emotion to your session. Trust me a little on this one-I promise you won't regret it.
4.Do you have a husband or partner with grumpy camera syndrome?
Husbands can often be more difficult to photograph than children. Between the stiff clothing, trying to get his misbehaving children to sit and smile and having to put on a happy face for the camera, they often have little tolerance for photo shoots. That's what's so great about a lifestyle shoot. My one job for dad is to get his kids to smile. Play with them, joke with them, throw them around. He gets to interact with them and just have a good time.
5. Do you love the idea of having a story told though images?
As a lifestyle photographer, I'm a storyteller. You don't walk away with just a Christmas card image to send out to everyone. You leave with a full story of this small chapter in your life. Every image works together to tell your family's story with all the little precious details along the way.
6. Do you want to have the most fun you've had during a session?
These sessions are playful! Fart jokes and weird noises will be a part of all sessions including little boys. Maybe even little girls, lol. There will be music, probably dancing and lots of giggles and snuggles.
So what do you think?
Does this sound like the type of experience you would want for your family?
When you work with me you may not get that perfect "everyone say cheese" shot.
But what you will get are images that leave you breathless. That make you feel something. That make you question, "Is this really my family?!"
Something filled with emotion to really remember through the years.