Lifestyle Family Photography is an increasingly popular genre of photography among families who want photos that resemble real life and are captured in an authentic and artistic way. Read on for three reasons to love lifestyle family photography.
Unlike traditional family portraits in which everyone poses perfectly and smiles at the camera, Lifestyle Photography or Lifestyle Family Photography focuses on capturing honest emotions and natural family connections.
Authentic, Touching, Emotive. These words are often used to describe Lifestyle Family Photography, which usually results in images that feel more candid and authentic. That’s because lifestyle photography generally involves a lot of interaction.
Generally, Lifestyle Sessions take place outdoors in parks, woods, a local downtown, or in the family’s home. This sets the stage for a more easygoing and natural experience.
Let’s face it; planning a photo session can be a little stressful. (Don’t worry though–I’m here to help you!). We put a lot of pressure on ourselves to show up looking “picture perfect” with well-behaved kids and a cooperative, enthusiastic spouse. But life isn’t always picture perfect. Babies cry. Toddlers don’t stay still, and kids can be uncooperative. And that’s okay! A lifestyle photo session is about going with the flow. It’s about focusing on the beauty that unfolds when we let go of chasing perfection. Imagine a photo of you looking lovingly at the tender way your husband holds your daughter.
If your spouse and kids are less than enthusiastic the next time you mention planning a photo session, consider a lifestyle session. They will thank you. In fact, they may even come to look forward to your annual photos session with me! Lifestyle sessions are filled with fun games and prompts to help everyone enjoy the experience and interact naturally.
During a Family Photo Session, I sometimes feel like a movie director as I direct family members in a variety of activities. I find that giving people something to do like walk, hold hands, snuggle, or tell secrets helps people relax and forget about the camera. And when I give silly prompts like, “point to the person with the stinkiest feet!,” it almost always results in laughter and real moments. This translates into photos that tell your story, are honest, and full of genuine emotion.
There’s no right style of photography. It’s all about what is right for you and your family. But if you’re looking for family photos that will capture the laughter, the snuggles and even the tears, along with a fun and relaxed experience, Lifestyle Family Photography may be for you!
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Winner of the 2020 and 2019 Most Loved Family Photographer award by Hulafrog, Debbie Camba Photography is a New Jersey Family Photographer based in Scotch Plains. She specializes in natural light, authentic and timeless child and family photography.
She photographs outdoors and in homes throughout Scotch Plains, Fanwood, Westfield, Mountainside, Cranford, Summit, Springfield, Madison and the surrounding area, including Union County, Morris and Middlesex County, and is available in other locations upon request.