09 Sep Lifestyle Photography: My Personal Experience
Lifestyle photography can feel like a pretty ambiguous concept. What does it really mean? There’s several types of photography that can fall into this category:
* family milestones
To some, getting photography sessions for these sorts of things can seem a bit over the top. That’s why I wanted to get a bit personal with this post and talk about my own experience with a lifestyle shoot!
There’s a photographer who’s style I absolutely love (Sarah Thomas Photography, I highly recommend you check her out if you’re in the area!), and she’s from the same small town on the West Coast of Canada that I come from. We went to school together and I’ve followed her for a long time on Instagram. When I mentioned to her that I’d be home for a while over the summer with my family, she suggested we get together for a lifestyle shoot. Now, I absolutely love Sarah’s photography, but this isn’t really something we’ve done before. On top of that, I’m not really one who likes to have my picture taken, and I was fairly sure my husband would say no! Surprisingly he agreed, and we planned to do a low key shoot the first week of our trip.
There are so many different styles of photography out there and obviously it is going to be personal taste as to what you like. I truly love the style of candid, fly-on-the-wall, storytelling photography that Sarah is so great at. I also know there is no way we would convince my crazy boys to sit still for very long and I trusted that Sarah would capture some beautiful moments of us playing outside together. She suggested a few locations and the best time of day to shoot, gave me an idea of what type of clothes would work well and we were off!
Sarah made us feel comfortable and happy, had some great suggestions for photos at our chosen location, some fun ways to try a few posed shots without us feeling awkward, and was great with our boys. I think you’ll agree when you look through these images that she did a totally amazing job!
While I was a little apprehensive about being the subject of a photoshoot, I can easily say these photos are worth way more than the money we paid. Having these moments in time from our busy lives with two young boys captured this way is something we will treasure forever, and I think it’s hard to place monetary value on that. After trying this myself, I would definitely encourage you to step out of your comfort zone and give this a try. Chances are you’ll end up with some images that you will want to keep looking back on for a long time!