I’ve spent the last few years denying that the work I do is “lifestyle”. Like most trends, many people have adopted this term for their work when what they do is wildly outside the expectations I would have for true, professional, authentic, relationship-based work. But I’ve come to realize that avoiding the term “lifestyle” for my work comes only from my stubbornness.
True lifestyle photography is based on relationships. Relationships between family members or friends who are in the photographs and also relationships between those people and the photographer. Because it’s much easier to be yourself when you are with friends. And being yourself is the most valuable part of capturing pictures that will be meaningful to you in the future.
If you’d like to capture pictures that look great, feel true, and give you more to reminisce over than just the funny hair styles of 20 years ago, check out this article featuring a lifestyle photo session in the home of a family with a brand new baby and two older brothers.