Lifestyle Photography - what is it?
Lifestyle photography to me is a less formal approach than your typical portrait session. No stuffy studios or solid white backdrops. No stiff smiles or awkward poses. It is a combination of real expressions, raw emotion, and true connections. It is posed and un-posed all at the same time.
It is a controlled environment, with a bit of chaos!
Because after all that is life, right?
Rebecca Lynne Photography Lifestyle Sessions:
Lifestyle photography sessions can take place in your home, capturing moments snuggled on the couch or lounging in bed. These sessions can also take place at favorite local park or beach.
We will spend time together capturing the love you have the ones you hold closest to your heart.
- What if I don't know what to do when the camera is on me?
- What if my children don't cooperate?
My lifestyle photography sessions take on a natural "posed" approach, bringing out your real emotions and natural moments. I never ask you to look at my camera and "say cheese!" I will guide you into a spot that has gorgeous light and let you guys do your thing. I encourage tickles, hugging, kissing and cracking jokes. There is no pressure to perform. Children enjoy this time getting all the attention from their parents. I am chatting and interacting so they can become familiar with me, and I have been known to put down my camera and play a mean game of Duck Duck Goose.
The same rules apply with couples sessions. We are there to document your love for each other. Embrace each other, crack jokes. Enjoy each other's company.
Just relax and love on your family and I will take care of the rest.
- What should we wear for this photography session?
I suggest thinking about the type of scenery we will be in. Is there lots of green foliage around? If so, try to avoid green. How about if we are at the beach? White tends to get lost in all of the tan sand and light blue water. Yellows, blues, and maroons pop nicely when surrounded by greenery and when at the ocean. Patterns can be distracting if everyone is wearing them. One person in a pattern with everyone else wearing solids in complementary color shades looks wonderful. You can even use accessory pieces such as necklaces or scarves to pull a color from one person's outfit into another outfit.
I have some What To Wear boards put together on Pinterest with some examples of putting colors and patterns together. There are different boards for Family, Maternity, Newborn and Couples: What To Wear Pinterest
During Our Session:
When we meet for our session, I like to chat and ( and play with any kiddos that are joining in) for a bit before I begin shooting. Once everyone is more familiar with each other I will begin photographing.
With all of my sessions, I never expect everyone to be looking at the camera and smiling to have the perfect portrait. Honestly, I don't encourage that. I also don't encourage parents to tell their children to look at my camera. I encourage running and jumping, hugging and kissing. Connecting with and loving on each other. I will be moving all around, capturing different views, close ups and pull backs. I have a knack for anticipating a moment just before it happens and nailing the shot of the way your daughter throws her head back with a little wrinkle on her nose while she laughs. Or the way your spouse looks at, the way only someone completely head over heels can. I freeze those moments for you to look back on again and again, for years to come.
I never want you to feel pressured to perform or be forced to give me fake smiles.
You will leave our session feeling like you just had a fun afternoon with your family, and a photographer happened to be there to capture timeless moments for you.
I can't count how many times parents have contacted me after their session to tell me their kids keep asking for me to come back. Or thanking me for how easy and stress free their photography session was.
I will guide you a very small amount at first as you are warming up to having a camera on you, but honestly within the first few minutes we will be chatting, snapping photos, laughing and having fun. When there is no pressure to pose yourself and fake the perfect smile, when your time in front of the camera is spent genuinely having fun with your loved ones...your beauty shines.
After Our Session:
Within a few days from our session I will post a couple of sneak peek images on social media. I love the peek into your gallery that this provides (and I know how anxious you are to see them as well!)
Within three weeks from our session, your images will be fully edited for you to view in an online password protected gallery. From there you download your high resolution images for printing at your print lab of choice.
You also have the option of ordering a la carte prints, canvas', and photo gifts straight from your gallery, from a professional, high quality printing lab.
If you are opting to print your images at another print lab other than the one connected to your gallery, I strongly suggest you do research into finding one with high quality to ensure you get the most out of your investment.
High quality prints is an extremely important part of this process.
As mentioned, the print lab connected right to your gallery is a print lab used by professionals all over the globe. Is is the print lab I personally use for all of my own family's printing needs. I have even taken the extra step and submitted my own images to ensure the printing lab is calibrated to be in sync with my photography editing software to get color correct prints in high quality.
Along with your high resolution images you will receive lower resolution images perfectly sized for social media sharing. Those social media sized images will also be in a personalized smartphone app for you to download and have access to your gallery right from your phone! Perfect for social media sharing along with showing off your gallery right from your phone while you are out with friends and family.