family lifestyle

Family Lifestyle vs Documentary Photos

As I’m establishing myself as a photographer, I want to make sure all the families I work with have an understanding of my approach. Some of the photos in my portfolio might fall under the “lifestyle” approach, while others are definitely more “documentary”. I want to talk a bit about what these different sessions look like.

In posed family portraits, the photographer directs the family members where to go and what to do. You won’t be seeing this in our sessions.

In lifestyle photography, the photographer does some directing, but it can be much less. The photographer might stage the setting, telling the family where to sit, or removing clutter from the frame.

In documentary photography, the photographer does not influence the scene in any way. There is no posing or directing, only what happens naturally. It captures simple moments in your everyday life. This is the type of photo session I strive to offer. For more information, check out the Your Session page, or send me a message!

Twins Photoshoot

Last weekend I got to work with a family who has twins! These identical babies are the cutest, as you can probably tell. We started off with a bit of a family lifestyle session, because who doesn't love babies in a basket? It was actually a nice way to warm-up our session before moving onto the park. It was a beautiful new fall day in Seattle, so I think we were all glad to get outside. When we came back home, I loved that the grandparents gave the girls a bath since it's part of their routine as caretakers. Thanks for letting me spend time with your family!

Workshop Photoshoot

About a month ago, I took a workshop with Seattle family photographer, Elena S Blair. One of the highlights was being able to photograph a newborn and family session. Both sessions felt more like family lifestyle photography instead of documentary, but I still could not have asked for a more valuable experience. And I tried to get in as many "unposed" photos as possible, for my own practice.

Something really struck me as magnificent when I was editing the photos later. At this stage in my journey, I have to admit I feel emotional when looking back at these images. It probably doesn't help that I tend to listen to really sappy music while editing. But I just got this sense of how important these photos are that family photographers take, and what an honor it is to be that photographer who is invited into the lives of who are, at first, total strangers. 

Since this is my first blog post, I also just want to say thank you to everyone who is either following me or offering your families and homes for my practice.
Thank you, thank you, thank you!