If you are a portrait photographer, it is very likely that from time to time, you will find yourself doing a lifestyle or family photography session. Especially if you are a locally established artist with your studio, family photos are a great source of reliable income. This is because first-time customers often become repeat customers. For example, if a newly married couple hires you for an engagement photoshoot and you’re doing incredibly well, they’ll come back and engage you in the future. They will need photo sessions with their newborns or groups if they decide to start a family. If you are looking to improve your techniques to achieve better lifestyle photos, we have some tips to help you:
The Objective Of Personal Lifestyle Photography
Although studio shots look very clean and traditional, lifestyle shots can be incredibly personal and soulful. A family lifestyle photoshoot is much more relaxed and intimate.
Most of the lifestyle photography sessions take place somewhere in the family home. They can also take place in some other prominent place where the family spends a lot of time. (for example, maybe the mother owns a restaurant, so the family wants to be photographed there.) Live style photos are in themselves much more natural and manage to capture active moments where subjects interact with each other, as they do daily.
With shots like this, although the images you are taking are natural and raw, they must be incredibly intentional. Be on the lookout for the subtleties of the relationship you are trying to capture and work accordingly to capture an image of this family dynamic that does justice to your family ties. Many lifestyle photographers make an effort to spend a little time chatting with the family before the session begins to get a good feel for this dynamic.