When you’ve been a photographer for 18 years you have your favorite parts of each type of session: seniors, weddings, engagements, newborns, and families, but I often get asked, “Which is your favorite?”
My answer isn’t so much a session type as it is an approach that can be a thread through all of them. My favorite kind of photography is lifestyle photography. Not everyone is familiar with what that means so I thought I’d answer some of the most often asked questions about it.
What is lifestyle photography?
Lifestyle photography is an approach that captures people in their everyday lives and events. The photos document the treasured moments of daily life. They tell a family’s story in a way nothing else does and I absolutely LOVE knowing the images of these sweet moments in time will last for years and years to come.
Why should I choose an in-home lifestyle session?
We want to capture the family moments you want to remember for always. Being at home creates a feeling that we can’t capture anywhere else. It makes each of you comfortable and at ease.
It gives us the chance to record the little bits and pieces of your home that help tell your story. Does your family have favorite books to read or a favorite quilt to cuddle under for movies and stories? Do you have a kitchen island that life always seems to happen around? Do your kids have a blanket that follows everywhere they go? These are the small details you want to remember.
Home is also where the fun happens. Does your family love to make pancakes every Saturday, build snowmen in the yard or play a game that makes you laugh? These simple activities are ones you’ll treasure when you look back at the photos years later.
What do I need to do to get my home ready & where will we shoot?
Lots of people stress about the idea that their home has to be perfect and it absolutely doesn’t need to be! You should see the stuff (laundry, dog toys, etc.) that is just out of the photos at my house!!! We will embrace real life at its absolute best, so don’t stress!
We will most likely spend time in 2-3 rooms so we suggest you focus on those in these easy ways:
- Pick up the clutter.
- Make the beds
Then we’ll have all we need to relax and enjoy your spaces.
We will stick to spaces with beautiful light so look for windows. We love kitchens, master bedrooms, kids rooms, family rooms and even entry ways. An open front door creates beautiful light!
I am a master at finding the good light in a home and with a little natural light, you’ll be surprised at the beautiful images we get!
What if my kids (or husband!) don’t want to cooperate?
I have years of experience with active kids, meltdowns and grouchy husbands so you can leave all that to me! We will keep things moving and find activities and distractions to make our time together fun and to get everyone at their best.
“I loved that our lifestyle session captured our family’s everyday essence- the way our children interact with each other in our own home. Our children were so comfortable in their regular surroundings and let their personalities shine. You can see their unique qualities in the pictures” – Anna W.
“We have had multiple lifestyle sessions at our home. We love them! Besides the convenience factor, I believe we get the best photos when we are at home, just being ourselves. The photos capture us, in our element and in our comfort zone. Emily and her associates make it so easy for us. I highly recommend lifestyle sessions. You won’t be disappointed!” – Brooke C.
What do we wear?
- Be comfortable! Wear things that won’t be distracting so you feel relaxed.
- Think coordinate, not match. Plan outfits that look good together, but aren’t all the same. Wear colors that you love and that compliment each other and your home.
- Add layers. Scarves, jewelry, layers and texture photograph well and add interest.
- Ask me! I love helping with styling so if you have questions, lay things out and send me a picture. I’m always happy to help!
- If you love Pinterest, like me, take a look there for some color ideas. CLICK HERE for a link to the inspiration board.
How do I get our session scheduled?
Just email us today and we’ll work with you to find a time that fits your schedule perfectly!
Book a session for 2019 before the end of 2018 and we’ll give you $100 off.
Here’s a glimpse into a few of our favorite lifestyle sessions: