I don't like being in front of the camera lens. In fact, I'm much more comfortable being behind it. I think that's because of a few reasons; I'm an introvert and I don't like feeling put on the spot or exposed and I never feel like I look good when I'm "posing." I am too worried about the awkward smile coming across my face, where my legs are positioned, how my hands need to go (because I don't want them just dangling around weirdly), and I'm wondering the whole time if my children will smile and behave as they should.
Enter lifestyle sessions. These are for the person who knows the value of having portraits taken but just doesn't like the fuss, stressing on them being absolutely perfectly posed, and sweating over whether the kids (or the spouse) will behave. ;)
Lifestyle sessions are about you and your family just as regular portrait sessions are. The difference is they are more candid and can be based around you doing something. Baking at home, playing a board game, playing football, riding bikes, grabbing ice cream at your favorite ice cream shop, etc. These are captured in a more photo-journalistic style and with hardly any intervention with the photographer. This can be so much more enjoyable because normally the kids are having fun, your laughs and smiles aren't forced, and you're also spending time with one another. It feels like "real life" and it captures your family and the essence of your family the way they truly are.
For the session I have displayed in this blog post I met the family at their home. It was the end of winter and still pretty chilly outside. We wanted to showcase the love they had for one another, how they interact with their young son, and things they enjoy doing together (that weren't outdoor related as both mom and dad are pretty fit and enjoy the great outdoors)
I loved how they grabbed books and read, played toys on the floor together, and then decided to bake some cookies together. So much love, happiness, and emotion.
This is their real life. This is what they enjoying doing with one another and not every portrait you have taken should be the traditional standing in front of the camera, posed, with a smile on your face. It's these photographs that will take you back to a certain time and place, a moment you shared, and the joy you had sharing it with the people you love.
Contact me today if you'd like to schedule your very own lifestyle session. Capture your family in their element. Capture your every day, ordinary moments because it's those every day moments that make your life extraordinary.
I'm available for lifestyle sessions all over the Oregon area. My studio is located in Salem, Oregon but I travel to Albany, Corvallis, Lincoln City, McMinnville, Newberg, Sherwood, Tigard, Portland, Newport, Depoe Bay, and beyond.
Let's get together and chat! I'd love to photograph your family and present you with gorgeous memories for your walls, coffee table, or office!