When I'm asked the classic question "what do you do?" (in relation to work), I can receive a blank look explaining I'm a family lifestyle photographer. Unless you've researched the internet looking for a family photographer, you may not be aware of the diversity of style's for family photos. They range from formal portrait to fantasy, outdoors to lifestyle to total documentary, and anything in between. On this blog, I'll be giving you an insight into a lifestyle photo session with me - there's a wee twist as I like to also include photos of the family all looking at the camera for a few shots too!
The main part of a family lifestyle session is focused primarily on a documentary style of photography which tells a story and captures emotion. Your unique family life is the main story then you'll have wee mini stories within. These fit well in an album, framed story board, or canvas. Below is an example of a mini story.
I always include images of each child with both parent, and if possible, each parent with all the kids. And of course any you may request or I suggest. As part of this sequence, I capture emotional connection between family members. I like to capture Mum & Dad together if they're up to it too! These images are great for frames for kids rooms, & giving to the Grandparents. It's really special for the kids to have emotive photos with their parents.
At a lifestyle session, I follow the family's lead as to where they feel most represents their stage of life. Many opt for home but some want to head off to a favourite location or on an adventure (I'm always keen!). This often depends on the age of the children too. Families with young children or that live rural tend to want photograph's at their home. Families with slightly older children and teens are keen to head out and about.
The main thing is communication with the family prior, and during the session so those natural interactions occur (although I do offer prompts if required to help create the emotive atmosphere I am looking for). I love to capture the really fun parts, the laughter and the noise but just as importantly, the quiet bits. I call them the bits in between.